Authorities ID victims, resume search for teen in lake

BUFORD — Crews have resumed their search for 13-year-old Griffin Prince, who disappeared in Lake Lanier after a fishing boat rammed a pontoon boat.

Authorities early Wednesday released the boy's identity and said he and his family are from Buford. They continued to search for him Wednesday.

Griffin's brother, 9-year-old Jake Prince, died at the scene of the Monday night collision, which injured three other passengers on the vessel.

Gwinnett County Public Schools spokesman Jorge Quintana told the Daily Post that Jake Prince was a rising fourth grader at White Oak Elementary School, while Griffin Prince was a rising eighth grader at Lanier Middle School.

According to reports, the children’s father, Michael Prince, was driving the pontoon boat. The Prince family owns Grass Shack, a boat shop in Buford.

A 44-year-old boater, Paul J. Bennett of Cumming, is accused of boating under the influence. He was arrested hours after the crash at Bald Ridge Marina.

A home number for Bennett couldn't be located, and it wasn't known whether he has an attorney. It has been reported that he owns a hair salon in Johns Creek.

The boats collided between Lake Lanier Islands and Buford Dam.

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