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Two Men Die On Lake Lanier During Memorial Day Weekend

Police are (once again) warning people to be prudent when vacationing at a local Georgia lake.

WSBTV reports that two men lost their lives this holiday weekend at Lake Lanier.

A 30-year-old man, Reginald Whitehad, was on a jet ski and trying to pull it onto a boat ramp at Shoal Creek Park when the watercraft flipped over around 8 p.m.

Search crews recovered Whitehad’s body around 10:45 p.m. Authorities told WSBTV that the victim was from Perry, Ga. and did not know how to swim. He was also not wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident.

Just before Whitehad’s body was found, police recovered the body of a man near his boat dock off Pine Forest Road on Lake Lanier. That man, 61-year-old Michael Thompson, was pronounced dead on the scene.

Please, please, PLEASE be careful at Lake Lanier. Authorities are urging people to wear their life jackets if they go out on the lake.


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