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Search for missing swimmer may resume
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Authorities could continue their search early today for a Lawrenceville man who went missing on the Forsyth County side of Lake Lanier Sunday afternoon.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Shelton said that resuming the search for Rohan Mathew, 27, depends on the weather.

Officials could not search for Mathew on Monday because of storms that battered the area. The search on Sunday was hampered by fierce winds.

Mathew, spending the day with friends aboard a houseboat rented from Lake Lanier Islands, went down a slide into the water, after some of the people on board had decided to go swimming, Shelton said.

The boat, "SS Minnow," "began drifting away from the swimmer due to high winds, as he tried to swim back to the houseboat," Shelton said.

Mathew "surfaced, yelled out for help, then went underwater again," he added. "One of the witnesses jumped into the water ... but was unable to locate him."

Shelton said that upon his arrival at 2:05 p.m., the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Hall County Fire Rescue Dive Team were searching for the man between Three Sisters Islands and the mouth of Six Mile Creek.

Authorities searched the area, with Forsyth County fire officials using a sonar device.

The search was called off at 7:28 p.m. Sunday.

Authorities conducted rescue efforts from Shady Grove Park, which is near Browns Bridge Road, Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton said.

At the time of the search, the houseboat was about a half-mile from shore, he added.

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