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Woman who jumped from sailboat still missing in Lake Lanier
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Search efforts resume Monday, July 23, 2018, to locate a woman who disappeared after jumping Sunday afternoon from a sailboat in an area between Port Royale and Old Federal Park in Lake Lanier.

Authorities are still searching for a woman feared drowned in Lake Lanier after she jumped off a sailboat Sunday, July 22.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources, using sonar equipment, led the search beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, DNR Sgt. Mike Burgamy said.

No other updates, including the woman’s name, were available Monday.

Emergency responders were called to an area between Port Royale Marina in Forsyth County and Old Federal Park in South Hall regarding a possible drowning just before 4 p.m. Sunday, Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks said.

Upon arrival, authorities learned that a 31-year-old woman had jumped off the vessel to go for a swim, but the boat drifted away from her.

A male aboard the boat said that while the woman was attempting to swim back to the boat she became fatigued, Wilbanks said in a news release.

The male tried to throw her a line but was unsuccessful. He then went into the water in an attempt to rescue her, but was unable to locate her after she went under and did not resurface.

Hall County Fire Services conducted a rescue dive search for about one hour without success. The search was later suspended due to lightning in the area.

Hall County sheriff’s deputies, Hall County Fire Services and the DNR have participated in the search.

News Editor Nate McCullough contributed to this report.

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