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Authorities detail difficulties searching for missing swimmer on Lake Lanier
Lake Lanier

Update, April 23: Authorities searched all week in a section of Lake Lanier that is 130 feet deep trying to find a missing Greenville, South Carolina man.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokesman Mark McKinnon said the department used sonar and covered more than 300 acres of the lake searching for Dorian Adonis Pinson, 20, who did not resurface Sunday, April 18, in the area of Sunrise Cove Marina.

McKinnon said the department conducted searches on the surface each day, and the department’s aviation unit flew over the section of the lake Wednesday, April 21.

“Conditions were difficult a couple of days with cool temperatures and high winds,” McKinnon wrote in an email Friday, April 23. “The water in the primary search area is approximately 130 feet deep with 80-foot standing timber on the bottom.”

McKinnon said he was unaware of what the search plans would be for Saturday, April 24.


Update: The search resumed at 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 20, to find the Greenville, South Carolina, man who did not resurface Sunday in Lake Lanier after swimming and getting separated from a rented pontoon boat.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokesman Mark McKinnon said the drowning victim was identified as Dorian Adonis Pinson, 20.

“The primary objective is to locate and recover Mr. Pinson to bring closure to his grieving family,” McKinnon wrote in an email. “More information will be released as it becomes available.”

The game wardens used sonar until dark Sunday, suspending search until the morning.

Pinson was one of three people who went into the water from their rented pontoon board in the area of Sunrise Cove Marina. They weren't able to make it back to the boat because of wind, McKinnon said.

"Two of the subjects were rescued," he said in an email. "The third went under and did not resurface."

McKinnon did not have any new information at 5 p.m. Monday.


Previous story: The search for a missing swimmer on Lake Lanier ended at nightfall Sunday, April 18, and will resume early Monday, authorities said.

The swimmer was one of three people who went into the water from their rented pontoon board. They weren't able to make it back to the boat because of wind, said Mark McKinnon, Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokesman.

"Two of the subjects were rescued," he said in an email. "The third went under and did not resurface."

A search involving sonar ensued in the Sunrise Cove Marina area near Oakwood on Lake Lanier. Game wardens will resume the search at about 7:30 a.m. April 19, McKinnon said.

Hall County Fire Services also was involved in the search.

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