Man from Cumming Charged in Lake Lanier Boating Accident

Man from Cumming Charged in Lake Lanier Boating Accident

A fun day of boating at the lake quickly turned into a grisly accident that left one man severely injured and another facing jail time Saturday afternoon.

According to Forsyth County News, Hall County sheriff’s deputies responded to an accident report at around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at Bolding Mill Park along Lake Lanier in Gainesville. There it was discovered that 19-year-old Shane Malloy of Suwanee had suffered boat propeller-inflected injuries to both feet.

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Deputy Nicole Bailes of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office said that Malloy sustained a “complete amputation” to one foot and major lacerations to the other.

Malloy was immediately airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta to be treated for his injuries. There have been no updates regarding his condition.

After a quick investigation by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the driver of the boat, 19-year-old William Craven from Cumming, was found to be under the influence of alcohol. He was charged the same day with boating under the influence and reckless operation of a vessel, as well as lack of personal floatation devices and littering.

WDUN reports that the boat was impounded by the DNR, and Craven was taken to the Hall County Jail, where he posted his $8,300 bond.

Department of Natural Resources Corporal Adam Loudermilk says it is believed that Malloy fell out of the boat and was injured by the propellers.

However, Deputy Bailes says it is unknown exactly what caused the injuries and that the accident is still under investigation.

Records from the U.S. Coast Guard indicate over 4,000 boating accidents and 2,500 boating injuries occurred in 2015 alone. Those numbers are highest in the summer months, when warm weather leads to more boats out on the water.

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