Recovery efforts for 13-year-old Griffin Prince, who is still missing after a boating incident at Lake Lanier Monday night will resume this morning, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The
9-year-old brother of the teen, Jake Prince, died at the scene.
A pontoon boat driven by Michael Prince, father of the two boys, and carrying 12 other people, including the boys’ mother, was hit by another boat at about 10:30 Monday night in Shoal Creek. The Prince family resides in Buford.
The operator of the other boat – Paul J. Bennett, 44, of Cumming – was arrested by DNR Wildlife Resources Division rangers and charged with Boating Under the Influence.
The investigation is ongoing and includes the DNR’s Critical Incident Reconstruction Team and divers from agencies including Hall, Forsyth and
Gwinnett counties, as well as DNR’s side-scan sonar, a device used to
find and identify objects underwater.
(This is a press release from Melissa Cummings of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.)