Summer is approaching and that means that many Georgia citizens are preparing their boats and jet-skis for fun on lakes Allatoona and Lanier. 2018 saw a total of 125 boating incidents, resulting in 75 injuries and 10 fatalities. These statistics cover all of Georgia. A great many boating accidents are the result of people being under the influence while piloting their watercraft. Georgia has a criminalized boating under the influence (BUI) and imposes heavy fines and possible jail time for the offense. Other factors for boating accidents include inclement weather, operator recklessness, and operator inexperience.
The Cumming Patch reports that a second fisherman’s body has been discovered after a boating accident on Lake Lanier.
Last Wednesday, a fishing boat collided with a cruiser on Lake Lanier. Three people were aboard the cruiser: 55-year-old Scott Butler, 19-year-old Amy Butler, and 18-year-old Abigail Suzman. Scott Butler was taken to the hospital for chest pain and injuries to his upper extremities. Both women only suffered from minor injuries.
Two men were operating the bass boat. Divers found 55-year-old Brianislav Pzarich on Thursday in about 33 feet of water near the collision site. Pzarich was operating the boat at the time of the collision. On Saturday, the body of the second man on the bass boat was recovered. 38-year-old Edward Schimweg was found by divers about 50 feet from the crash site.
The accident is being investigated by the Department of Natural Resources Critical Response Team. The investigation is expected to take 6 to 8 weeks.
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