Man Killed in Lake Lanier Tubing Accident

Man Killed in Lake Lanier Tubing Accident

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is investigating a single vessel boating accident that occurred on Lake Lanier Sunday night and claimed the life of a 34-year-old man.

Forsyth County News reports the accident happened at around 7 p.m. near Little Ridge Park in Cumming, when the victim was being pulled in an inner tube. Officers from the DNR’s law enforcement division responded and removed the man’s body from the water.

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The victim has thus far not been identified, but the DNR says he was visiting from Maryland and that several extended family members from Georgia were on board the vessel pulling the tube.

The cause of the accident and the death are currently unknown. DNR Public Affairs Officer Mark McKinnon says that an official investigation is underway. It could take up to six weeks for the Critical Incident Reconstruction Team to thoroughly investigate the accident.

It is also unknown whether or not alcohol was involved.

McKinnon told WDUN that no charges have been filed so far.

Authorities chose not to release the victim’s name so that they could notify his family.

Lake Lanier sees significant boating traffic every year, especially during the spring and summer months, which leads to more danger on the water. Last year, there were two fatalities and 15 injuries caused by boating accidents on Lake Lanier, more than any other Georgia lake, according to the 2015 DNR report.

This is the second serious boating accident Lake Lanier has seen since Memorial Day weekend. On May 28, one individual was injured in a boating accident that was said to involve alcohol.

Earlier in May, a teen lost his foot in a single vessel accident on Lake Lanier. Alcohol was also reportedly involved in that incident.

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