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Teen Injured in Lake Lanier Accident in Second Incident on Lake this Weekend

A girl is cut by a boat's propeller. Authorities also continue search for man who jumped overboard, believed drowned.

A teen girl was cut by a boat propeller in a boating incident at Lake Lanier on Saturday. This comes on top of a man missing, believed drowned, in the early morning hours of Saturday. 

According to Fox5 Atlanta, a 17-year old girl was pulled under a boat and cut by the propeller Saturday afternoon (Aug. 18). A DNR spokesperson said that the girl was sitting on the front of the boat, which was pulling a person on an inflatable tube.

The pilot of the boat stopped after the person fell off, and the boat then hit a wave. That caused the girl to fall from the boat into the water, and she eventually went under the boat. Officials say she was cut several times from her shoulder to her hamstring by the propeller.

DNR rangers say the boat did not have a front retainer. That violation is considered a misdemeanor, and charges are pending. The girl was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center, and was reported alert and stable. Names of the girl and the boat operator are being withheld.

In a separate incident, WSB-TV reported that Atlanta about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. He was with a woman and another couple near Lake Lanier Islands.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials (DNR) officials said they had to suspend the search Saturday due to the high volume of traffic on the lake, and the search was expected to resume Sunday. DNR spokesperson Mike Burgamy said alcohol may have been a factor in this case, which is being investigated by the DNR and the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

These accidents are the latest in a string of incidents this summer at Lake Lanier. Another youth was injured by a propellor earlier in the summer and inn June, when the boat on which they were riding was hit by another boat. when he suffered head injuries after being hit by a jet-ski operator. He later died after being removed from life support. Several people also have drowned in Lake Lanier this summer.


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