Search continues for 20-year-old who drowned at Lake Lanier

The man was last seen in an area near Sunrise Cove Marina in Gainesville, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
The man was last seen in an area near Sunrise Cove Marina in Gainesville, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The search continued Monday for a 20-year-old man believed to have drowned in Lake Lanier, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday, investigators were called to an area near Sunrise Cove Marina in Gainesville, according to the DNR and Hall County fire department. Three people aboard a rented pontoon boat had attempted to go swimming.

“They were unable to make it back to the boat due to wind,” a DNR spokesman said in an emailed statement.

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Two people were rescued, but a third went under water and did not resurface. A rescue team used a sonar device until dark, when the search was suspended. Crews resumed the search Monday for Dorian Adonis Pinson of Greenville, S.C., the DNR said.

“The primary objective is to locate and recover Mr. Pinson to bring closure to his grieving family,” the DNR said Monday.

In 2020, seven people drowned in Lake Lanier and three others died in boating incidents, according to the DNR.

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