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Gainesville man, 25, drowns in Lake Lanier
10 deaths on lake so far this year
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A Gainesville man died Monday while swimming in Lake Lanier off Bolding Mill Park in northwest Hall County.

Spencer Obe Dye, 25, was swimming with a friend at the park, which is off Chestatee Road, when he “got in trouble (and the) friend pulled him from the water,” said Melissa Cummings, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The friend then started CPR.

Hall County Fire Services also responded to the scene, where emergency workers also tried to revive Dye, Chief David Kimbrell said.

Dye was pronounced dead at 5:55 p.m. at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

Cummings said the investigation is ongoing, and further details weren’t available.

Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks, spokesman for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, said that sheriff’s “investigators are conducting an accidental death investigation, which is standard in these cases. Foul play is not suspected at this time.”

The lake, which attracts some 7-8 million visitors per year, has seen its share of tragedy this summer, including a couple of incidents that have drawn heavy Atlanta and national media attention.

In response, the Hall County Board of Commissioners established a Lake Lanier safety panel.

State House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, said he would introduce legislation to lower the legal alcohol limit for boaters. He said he had the support of Gov. Nathan Deal in the effort to lower the limit from 0.1 percent to 0.08 percent.

So far this year, Lake Lanier has had five drownings and five boating-related fatalities, Cummings said.

In 2011, there were 17 total deaths on Lanier.

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