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Lake Lanier Drowning Victim Identified

DSC_0792We regret to inform you of the death of Marines Rosa Dillon, 59, of Cumming, GA.

According to Melissa Cummings, communications specialist for Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources, Mrs. Dillon drowned on Sunday, July 7, 2013, after falling off a boat dock on Lake Lanier.

Daniel Dillon, the victim’s husband, told authorities his wife fell off the dock while trying to grab a turtle in the water.  Although he could not swim, Mr. Dillon valiantly jumped into the water to save her.

A neighbor heard them screaming and ran down to the dock to help.  At 6:09 PM, Forsyth County 911 was notified.

When EMTs arrived, Mr. and Mrs. Dillon were both a few feet away from the shore.  Rescue personnel started CPR when the victim was unresponsive.  The husband was conscious and responsive, but appeared to be exhausted.  Both were transported to Northside-Forsyth Hospital, where Mrs. Dillon was later pronounced deceased.

We extend our condolences to Marines Rosa Dillon’s family, friends and loved ones.

Drowning on Lake Lanier

Lake Allatoona boating death

DNR officials towing bass boat involved in the boating related fatality on Lake Allatoona, 7-7-13.

The final July 4th holiday boating incident report from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division brings us bad news.

One drowning occurred on Sunday, July 7, 2013 on Lake Lanier.  There was also a fatal boating incident on Lake Allatoona on Sunday.

DNR spokeswoman Melissa Cummings says the victim in the incident on Lake Lanier fell off a private dock and went into the water.  Unfortunately, the victim could not swim.

Her husband went into the water to save her, but he could not swim either.  Both the husband and wife were pulled from the water.  The husband survived, but his wife — whose name has not yet been released — did not respond to EMS personnel who tried to revive her.

The accident on Lake Allatoona took the life of Robert Lewis, 52, of Dallas, Georgia.  Mr. Lewis fell from his bass boat on Sunday morning.  The boat continued to travel in circles at full throttle for more than 15 minutes before running out of fuel.

DNR Ranger Mike Barr reminds us “an ignition lanyard stop switch, which is attached to the operator and automatically stops the engine, is a safety device” that can potentially prevent such accidents.

The boat hit Mr. Lewis — who was not wearing a life preserver.  He was unconscious when pulled from Lake Allatoona.

Melissa Cummings says the Bartow County Deputy Coroner confirmed the death of Mr. Lewis.

The DNR’s Critical Incident Reconstruction Team is in the process of investigating the accident.

Statewide Boating Incidents for the Entire July 4th Holiday Weekend

  • Drownings – 1
  • Boating Under the Influence (BUI) – 13.  Three BUIs were on Lake Lanier.
  • Boating Incidents – 10 (2-Lake Hartwell; 1-Lake Burton; 1-Lanier; 2-Clarks Hill; 1-Oconee; 2-St Marys River; 1-SW GA)
  • Boating Incident Related Injuries – 8
  • Boating Incident Related Fatalities – 1 on Lake Allatoona


The 2012 July 4th holiday weekend had no drownings or boating related fatalities. There were seven BUIs and three injuries from boating incidents.

We offer our condolences to the families, friends and loved ones of those who lost their lives.

Summer Begins with Drowning on Lake Lanier


Photograph by Robert Sutherland

We regret to inform you of a drowning on Lake Lanier that occurred on Sunday, June 23, 2013, the second full day of summer.

GA Department of Natural Resources Ranger Sgt. Mike Burgamy notified LakeLanier.com at 4:35 PM that a 33-year-old white male from Lawrenceville had been declared dead by authorities a few minutes earlier.

The name of the victim was not released, pending notification of family members.

The man went under and did not resurface at about 3 PM, while swimming with friends and playing on a large float near the Two-Mile Island chain on the Forsyth side of Lake Lanier.

A 45-minute search by dive teams from Forsyth and Hall County emergency agencies led to the discovery of the body near Vann Tavern Park.  There is no suspicion of foul play.

We extend our condolences to the friends and family of the person who lost his life.

Lake Lanier: 1 Body Found & 1 Body Missing

Yet again we report a death at Lake Lanier.

Police in Gainesville were called to the Lake Lanier Club Apartments on Dawsonville Highway Friday evening around 7:30 PM due to the report of a body found on the shore of Lake Lanier behind the apartment complex.

Authorities are continuing their investigation and have released very few details, including any clues regarding the identity of the victim.

A 16-year-old girl, Hannah Truelove, was reported missing from the same area on Thursday morning.  Although it might be logical to presume that the body found was Miss Truelove’s, we are waiting for official confirmation.

Lake Lanier has yet to release the body of Jeffrey Nause, presumed drowned after diving into the lake more than a week ago near Lake Lanier Islands.

Our condolences go out to the families and friends of these victims.

Click Here for Story on Jeffrey Nause


Lake Lanier Drowning Victim Identified

We lost another swimmer on Thursday, July 26, 2012, when Rodaigo Bernal Prejo, 44, of Cumming, drowned at West Bank Park off Buford Dam Road on Lake Lanier.

The incident occurred about 3 PM.  Rescue crews from Forsyth County recovered Mr. Trejo’s body in less than an hour, due in part to eyewitnesses to the tragedy.

Mr. Trejo was taken to Northside Hospital Forsyth, where authorities pronounced him dead.

We extend our condolences to Mr. Trejo’s family and friends.

We also ask everyone who swims, fishes, water skis or boats at Lake Lanier to use caution as they enjoy the water.

It only takes a moment to put on a floatation device that might save your life or the life of a loved one.


Holiday Accidents on Lake Lanier

DNR Rangers patrolling Lake Lanier. -- (Photo: Robert Sutherland)

Thankfully, there have been no drownings on Lake Lanier, as of 11 AM, Memorial Day 2012.  Drownings were reported on two of Georgia’s other lakes: one on Union County’s Lake Nottely and the other on Lake Allatoona.

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The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports three minor boating accidents — two with injuries — on Lake Lanier.  Four other boating accidents were investigated in Georgia thus far this weekend.

Six citations were issued on Lake Lanier for boating under the influence Sunday, May 27th on Lanier, with six others handed out statewide.

DNR Rangers are working to keep Lanier safe for all boaters, skiers, PWC operators and fisherpeople this holiday weekend.

Anyone exhibiting recklessness and/or boating under the influence will be cited.

Please be careful out there.  You are important to us.


Father Perishes Trying to Save Son

A father died a hero’s death in an attempt to save his son from drowning at Lake Lanier on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

While spending time with his family, Jose Alfredo Benitez, age 40, went into the water to assist his son, 14-year-old Carlos Amaya, who was struggling while attempting to swim to a nearby island at Mountain View Park.

We are saddened to report that both Lawrenceville residents perished.

Fire rescue teams pulled both victims from the water around 8:30 PM.  Hall County Fire Services Battalion Chief Chad Black said, “Unfortunately, this is what we see every year.”

The drownings were the first of the year in Lake Lanier.

We send our condolences to the family.