Search still underway for man missing in Lake Lanier

Kaiyan Ding, 29, is believed to have gone overboard near Holiday Marina on Lake Lanier.

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Kaiyan Ding, 29, is believed to have gone overboard near Holiday Marina on Lake Lanier.

UPDATE [1:45 p.m.]: The Department of Natural Resources still hadn’t located the missing swimmer Tuesday and officials said submerged standing timber in the area has made it difficult for them to get their equipment to the bottom of the lake.

“But the search will continue until all reasonable efforts are exhausted,” agency officials said Tuesday night.

ORIGINAL STORY: The search continued Monday for a 29-year-old man who jumped off a boat at Lake Lanier, authorities say.

Kaiyan Ding, 29, is believed to have gone overboard Saturday afternoon near Holiday Marina, according to the Department of Natural Resources. He is believed to have jumped off the boat to swim.

Hall County Fire and Rescue responded to the call at about 2 p.m.

The search began soon after authorities responded to the call, Lt. Judd Smith of the Department of Natural Resources said. The rescue teams began the search in water ranging from 60-100 feet with sonar.

“High boat traffic in the area along with choppy conditions made the search challenging, but game wardens continued the search through the night,” Smith said.

The search continued through the weekend, and Smith says that it will continue “until all options have been exhausted.”

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Credit: Sam Baskin

Credit: Sam Baskin