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DNR reports pontoon boat going too fast when teens thrown from tube
Lake Lanier

A Lawrenceville man towing a trio of teenagers on a tube behind him was driving at a “high rate of speed” on Lake Lanier before the passengers were thrown off, according to a report from Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Brian Tran Sr. was operating a pontoon boat around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, on Lake Lanier near the Lake Lanier Islands Campground. Tran was towing three teenagers on a tube when he took the boat into a cove “at a high rate of speed,” according to the report.

Authorities said Tran “made a wide turn towards the back of the cove” and caused the three teenagers to be thrown “into the rocky shoreline,” according to the report.

Ashley Tran, 17, suffered facial fractures and lacerations to her face and knee. Mya Wilkes, 18, Ian Hardy, 18, and Tran all suffered abrasions.

All three teenagers were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville and were released Saturday evening.

The report stated alcohol was not involved and that charges are pending.

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