A woman drowned Saturday afternoon in Lake Lanier in what state Department of Natural Resources officials are calling a boating incident fatality.
The accident happened at 2:15 p.m. in Shoal Creek area of Lake Lanier. The 55-year-old woman went under water as she was trying to help three children riding a tube that flipped over. The tube was being pulled by a pontoon boat.
Shoal Creek is in Gwinnett County.
The woman’s information, including her name, has not been released, said Rick Lavender, a DNR spokesman. Her body was recovered and authorities are working to notify her relatives.
The children all had life jackets on. The victim wasn’t wearing a life jacket. It’s unknown what the woman’s relationship was to the children.
A DNR reconstruction team is currently investigating the incident, Lavender said. It’s unknown if alcohol was a factor.
Lavender said there’s no indication at this point that another vessel was involved.
The fatality was the first of the summer season on Lake Lanier. Ten people died in drownings and boat accidents last year.