The body of the second fisherman reported missing after a boat collision on Lake Lanier has been found, authorities said.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources recovered the body of Nick Schimweg, 38, of Cumming about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, spokesman Mark McKinnon said. Schimweg’s body was discovered about 50 feet away from the site of Wednesday’s crash, he said. DNR officials used a sector scan sonar to search the 54-foot deep water in that area.
Divers recovered the body of the other missing fisherman, 59-year-old Brianislav Prazich, in about 33 feet of water near the crash site Thursday afternoon, McKinnon said.
The wreck occurred just before 5 p.m. injuring three people on one of the boats and launching the two men from the second into the lake, said Jason Shivers, division chief for the Forsyth County Fire Department.
The men went under water in the southern portion of the lake near Bald Ridge Creek just north of Little Ridge Park, Shivers said.
Prazich was the operator of the boat, authorities said. Schimweg was a passenger.
Authorities believe they were the only people aboard their boat during the crash.
The operator of the other boat, Scott Butler, 55, of Atlanta, sustained significant injuries to his arms and upper body. He was taken to North Fulton Hospital and is expected to survive.
Two passengers on that boat suffered minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene. They were identified as Amy R. Butler, 19, of Atlanta, and Abigail N. Suzman, 18, of Scarsdale, N.Y.
An investigation into the cause of the crash is expected to take several weeks to complete, according to the DNR.
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