GAINESVILLE, Ga. — The body of a missing Atlanta man reported to have drowned at Lake Lanier was recovered June 1 by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The victim was identified as Corey Lamar Brown, 28. His body was found after a three-day search near Vanns Tavern Park where he went missing the previous Friday night. 

Brown was reported to have been on a pontoon boat off the shore of Vanns Tavern with a group celebrating a friend’s birthday. When one of the men at the gathering was seen struggling to stay above water, Brown jumped in to help. When he never resurfaced, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources began an immediate search with the assistance of the Hall County Dive Team and Forsyth County personnel. An all-day search commenced the following morning.

“Game Wardens searched with sonar through the morning and early afternoon hours,” said Mark McKinnon, public affairs officer for the law enforcement division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. “DNR Aviation also flew the area around midday. Hall County also had divers in the water. When boat traffic in the area got heavy during the afternoon, the search was scaled back to surface searches.”

Sunday’s efforts were much of the same with sonar and divers in the water until the boat traffic got too heavy. Full-scale search efforts began again Monday morning using GPS information from the pontoon. The search area shifted near the shoreline where the body was found. 

Officials said there have been nine deaths on Lake Lanier this year. 

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