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Search for man who fell overboard into Lake Lanier enters second day

Published: Jun. 19, 2022 at 1:05 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Search crews are looking for a man who went overboard at Lake Lanier Saturday afternoon.

According to officials, at around 2 p.m. on Saturday Hall County Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a man drowning, later identified as 29-year-old Kaiyan Ding of Atlanta.

Authorities say Ding reportedly went overboard from a boat near Holiday Marina on Lake Lanier.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Law Enforcement Game Wardens arrived on the scene soon after and both agencies began searching for Ding with sonar in water ranging from 60 to 100 feet, an agency spokesperson said.

Crews were back out on the water Sunday morning and will continue the search for Ding until all options have been exhausted.

Henry Condit was one of many people enjoying Lake Lanier on Sunday. There was a lot more traffic because of the holiday weekend.

“Just relaxing for father’s day that’s all I wanted to do today was come and relax by the lake.”

“It’s not surprising,” he said.

The high boat traffic also caused issues for rescue crews.

“No, I would never go swimming,” said Condit.

Visitors hope there aren’t any more tragedies on the water.

“They say there’s a lot of undercurrents in this lake and so you fall in you don’t know where the currents are get swept down that’s the end of it,” Condit said.

Troup County Sheriff’s Office officials confirmed to CBS46 News on Sunday a 49-year-old woman died after she drowned at West Point Lake on June 11.