Gwinnett man drowned on Lanier not wearing life jacket

A Lawrenceville man found drowned on Lake Lanier Sunday morning was not wearing a life jacket, officials said.

Authorities from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Flowery Branch’s Aqualand Marina at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday in response to the report of an overturned boat. Upon arrival, they found a jon boat capsized in the water and the body of 54-year-old Robert Armistead.

The department’s dive team “searched the area as a precaution in order to rule out any other victims,” Hall County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Kiley Sargent said. “It was determined that Mr. Armistead was alone when the boat overturned.”

The incident remained under investigation Monday, but no foul play is suspected. Armistead was about 10 feet offshore when found, Sargent said.

“To my knowledge, he was not wearing any personal flotation devices,” Sargent said.

The victim’s body was taken to the DeKalb Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy and toxicology reports.


dudley4141 2 years, 9 months ago

It really does not make sense to me with all the drowings that are taking place on the lake why people continue to go boating with out a life jacket. It does not matter of you are an excellent swimmer, anything can happen..


swood9771 2 years, 9 months ago

True, but instead of trying to be the brain child that solves all the problems in the world... simply be gracious and respectful to a man who has lost his life and left a wife and children behind


Jan 2 years, 9 months ago

swood9771: Now is the time to emphasize the reason behind the law requiring flotation devices and the best flotation device is a life jacket. If this tragedy helps prevent one future drowning by encouraging more life jacket use, then I don't believe the family would object to the encouragement of dudley4141.


Don 2 years, 9 months ago

The law does require life jackets to be on a boat but it does not require wearing one. Why should the government regulate having to wear one for adults, it does for children while a boat is underway.

Anyone who boats in the winter and does not wear a type 2 inflatable is asking for trouble no matter how good of a swimmer you are. Hypothermia sets in rather quickly. Cold weather boating also means most people are wearing extra clothing that will help drag them under when wet.

The government should not be in business to help people make the right decisions in life. How many people are killed by crossing a street not in a cross walk? Should the government pay to put fences up on all roads and build a walkway over all roads at the openings?

At some point in life people need to be accountable for their actions.


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