Search for missing swimmer in Lake Lanier comes up empty for 3rd day


Authorities in Hall County came up empty Monday after searching for a man who jumped into Lake Lanier over the weekend and never resurfaced.

Wardens from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources searched for the man through the night and into Monday morning, but did not locate him, according to spokesman Mark McKinnon. A new crew arrived at 7 a.m. to continue the search, but that crew went home by 6:30 p.m.

The search effort will pick back up Tuesday at 6 a.m., McKinnon said.

The possible drowning was reported shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday at Harbor Landing near Buford, authorities said.

Divers from Hall County Fire Services spent several hours looking for the 28-year-old after he jumped into the lake from a dock or a boat, officials said. The search effort was later turned over to the DNR and the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

Two people drowned on Lake Lanier over the Fourth of July weekend, AJC.com previously reported.

A 59-year-old Clarke County man died July 3 after jumping from a boat near the Duckett Mill Campground, and a 45-year-old Texas man drowned at Lanier Park while swimming at the beach on July 4.

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