DNR responds to eight incidents on Lake Lanier over holiday weekend; 10 BUIs

The first busy boating weekend of the year kept Georgia Department of Natural Resources rangers active, especially on Lake Lanier, which had by far the most incidents of any lake around the state.

DNR reported that boaters on Lanier were responsible for eight of the nine incidents from Saturday through Monday, while three of those incidents reported injuries, spokeswoman Melissa Cummings said.

“Beautiful weather and schools ending sessions for the summer sent many people straight to the water for some warm weather fun, just as expected by conservation rangers,” Cummings said.

A personal watercraft and vessel collision near Van Pugh Park on Sunday resulted in two minor injuries, while a 15-year-old who fell off of a pontoon boat in the Chestatee River area on Monday was struck by a boat and transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

A fisherman on Monday was also transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center after his boat pushed away from Lula Bridge, he fell in the water and inhaled water while under.

Lanier boaters also accounted for 10 of the state’s 34 boating under the influence incidents, the same number as last year on Memorial Day weekend.

While statewide there were no boating related fatalities, there were two drownings: An 18-year-old in Lake Allatoona, and an unidentified person in the Atlantic Ocean near Tybee Island.

Last year statewide, there were two drownings, 42 BUIs, eight boating incidents and six boating incident injuries.