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College student from Suwanee, 21, drowns in Lake Lanier
Lake Lanier

A 21-year-old man home from college for the Labor Day weekend drowned Friday night in Lake Lanier.

A Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services spokesman Tommy Rutledge says the man’s body was found about 8:26 p.m. Friday about 40 feet from the boat ramp in Buford.

The victim was identified as Bailey Dean O’Shields by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, which helped with the search. His body was recovered by the Hall County Fire Services Marine Rescue team about 40 feet from a boat ramp off Buford Dam Road in Buford, according to Capt. Tommy Rutledge, a spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

Rutledge says crews from Gwinnett and Hall counties responded earlier Friday to a report of a personal watercraft  circling in the lake with no operator. The victim’s mother told authorities her son went to the lake to ski and that was the last time she saw him.

When O’Shields was found, Rutledge says he was not wearing a life jacket.

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