Two boaters injured after hit-and-run accident on Lake Lanier - CBS46 News

Two boaters injured after hit-and-run accident on Lake Lanier

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HALL COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Authorities are searching for the driver of a boat that slammed into a jet watercraft on Lake Lanier seriously injuring two people.

"Major crushing damage to the vessel and from there more than likely the other vessel knew that it hit something very extensive," said Dept. of Natural Resources Ranger Anne Alexander.

The accident happened just before midnight Friday.

"We were pulling tubes all day," said boater Devon Underwood. "We've got probably 15 kids with us, and it breaks my heart to even hear about somebody hitting somebody else and not stopping."

Authorities said the two victims, a male and female, were on their Sea-Doo and had the proper lights on. They suspect the boater that hit them had been drinking.

"You always think something else is going on if you fled the scene," said Sgt. Mike Burgamy of the Department of Natural Resources. "Why would you flee the scene knowing you just hit somebody and more than likely they're going to be injured?"

The two injured were taken to the hospital. Their names and conditions were not released as of Saturday night.

The accident comes on the first holiday weekend that Georgia's tough new Boating Under the Influence law is in effect. It lowers the legal blood alcohol limit to 0.08 and is now the same level as that applied to drivers on the road.

"If you've been drinking, be a passenger. Stay a passenger," said Burgamy. "If you're going to be an operator, stay sober."

Authorities said they searched marinas on Lake Lanier to find the boat that hit the Sea-Doo, but have not located it as of Saturday night.

"The occupants of the vessel, they're blessed," said Alexander. "There's no doubt about it, they're blessed to be alive."

They are asking anyone with information to call the DNR at 1-800-241-4113.

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