Boater Charged in Lake Lanier Accident; One Still Missing

Boater Charged in Lake Lanier Accident; One Still Missing

A Cumming man was charged Sunday in connection with an accident that caused a man from Florida to go under at Lake Lanier Saturday evening.

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Georgia Department of Natural Resources Public Affairs Officer Mark McKinnon told WDUN that Kenneth Toller has been identified as the operator of the boat responsible for the accident that caused an unidentified man to go missing. According to Adams, Toller has been charged with boating under the influence.

Members of the Hall County Fire Department responded to a collision near Three Sisters Island just before six in the evening on Saturday. 23-year-old Kevin Husum of Panama City was reportedly knocked off of a pontoon boat, falling into the water and never coming back up.

Hall County Fire Captain Zachary Brackett said that crews searched for Husum for over an hour. Members of the Forsyth County Fire Department and the DNR, which now leads the investigation, assisted in the initial search.

Currently, the DNR is using sonar and divers to continue the search for the missing man.

It is currently unknown if Toller has posted bail or is being detained by law enforcement.

Forsyth County News reports that the DNR’s Critical Incident Reconstruction Team is investigating the accident. It is expected to be several weeks before any findings are released.

During the extensive search, one diver was injured. He was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, where he is in good condition, according to Brackett.

Georgia’s waterfronts see numerous boating accidents each year. In 2014, the latest year on record, 92 boating accidents were recorded in the state by the U.S. Coast Guard. Those accidents led to 13 deaths across the state.

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