The Georgia Department of Natural Resources located the bodies of four individuals in Lake Lanier Saturday and Sunday mornings, where they went missing when their boat sunk Friday afternoon.
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The bodies recovered Saturday morning were identified as two 44 and 45-year-old women from Kentucky, Forsyth County News reports.
WSB also reported that the bodies of others on board, a pair of 44 and 46-year-old men also from Kentucky, were discovered early Sunday.
At approximately 4 p.m. Friday afternoon, Forsyth County sheriff’s deputies, Hall County firefighters, and DNR officers all responded to an accident near Cocktail Cove on Lake Lanier.
Authorities arrived to find a 38-foot vessel partially submerged under water, with nearby boaters attempting to assist the boat.
Witnesses reported seeing the vessel traveling southbound across the lake when it overturned.
The Hall County Sheriff’s Office and DNR Law Enforcement soon launched a search for the boaters using divers and SONAR equipment.
The DNR’s Critical Incident Reconstruction Team is conducting a thorough investigation of the accident to determine the cause. According to Major Adams, current information leads officers to believe that the vessel hit a wake at a high speed before overturning.
It is believed that the victims were on the water as part of the Pirates of Lanier Charity Poker Run, a boating game meant to raise money for charity.
After the accident, the group holding the event took to its Facebook page to mourn the loss of the four boaters.
“The Lanier Partners would like to send our deepest thoughts and prayers to the families of those involved in an accident on Lake Lanier today. The accident involved part of our poker run family and we are with heavy hearts tonight,” it said Friday.
A “memorial run” was held in honor of the deceased boaters Saturday morning.