Forsyth County divers prepare to search the swimming area of Buford Dam Park on Lake Lanier on Sunday. A man disappeared there after a church baptism that was conducted in the lake.
Photo: Phil Skinner
Photo: Phil Skinner

Swimmer nearly drowns in Lake Lanier, now in critical condition

A swimmer is in critical condition after almost drowning in Lake Lanier on Sunday.

Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services responded to a drowning call at Buford Dam Park at 5:17 p.m. Sunday. The male swimmer had been removed from the water and bystanders began performing CPR before U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park rangers and a Gwinnett County police officer took over. The rangers and officer continued CPR and applied a defibrillator to the swimmer’s chest, according to Lt. Justin Wilson, a Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services spokesman. 


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The swimmer was evaluated by paramedics and transported to Northside Forsyth Hospital in Cumming. Fire and police officials have not released the swimmer’s identify or age.

The swimmer remains at Northside Forsyth Hospital in critical condition as of Monday morning.

AJC reporter Chelsea Prince contributed to this report


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