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Gainesville Man Drowns in Lake Lanier

Officials report that a 25-year-old man from Gainesville drowned in Lake Lanier on Monday.

A 25-year-old man from Gainesville reportedly drowned in Lake Lanier at Bolling Mill on Monday afternoon.

According to Melissa Cummings, public affairs coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources, Spencer Obe Dye, 25, of Gainesville , got into trouble in the water. A friend pulled him out and attempted CPR but was unsuccessful. Cummings said Dye was pronounced dead at 5:55 p.m.

This is the second drowning in Lake Lanier in less than two weeks. On July 26, Rodrigo Bernal Trejo, 44, drowned while swimming close to the West Bank of the lake.

Lynn August 07, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Hiw many people have to die at LL before it becomes obvious to people that it's a dangerous place? This is like the 7th or 8th person this summer isn't it? So sad!
Sharon Swanepoel August 07, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Yes Lynn, with the boating accident fatalities too, it's been a really bad summer on the lake. It is very sad - especially losing so many young childen.
Tim August 07, 2012 at 12:16 PM
It is sad to lose so many young people any year at Lake Lanier...especially the situation with the Price family. However, many times, it is the bad decisions that people make, most of the times, that are the cause of these fatalities. The one that killed the two boys chose to drive his boat drunk, many people choose to swim while drinking, some choose to speed and cause accidents, while many cannot swim at all. Lake Lanier sitting out there all by itself is just a lake. What a person chooses to do when they get there can continue to keep it safe or make it very dangerous. Irresponsibility, disregard for boating laws, need for speed and entering the water when you cannot swim is basically asking for trouble. Personally, I do not go to Lanier anymore for most of the above reasons. While I can swim, I can find much safer and cleaner water to do so in.

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