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Monday August 31st, 2015 11:22AM

Busy weekend for law enforcement on Lake Lanier

By B.J. Williams News Director
GAINESVILLE - A sunny, warm day usually leads to big crowds on Lake Lanier, and Sunday, those crowds translated into some problems for law enforcement on the lake.<br /> <br /> Five citations for boating under the influence (BUI) were issued, a number the Department of Natural Resources said is high for just one day.<br /> <br /> In addition, two personal watercraft were involved in a collision leading to citations for both operators, according to DNR spokesman Mark McKinnon.<br /> <br /> "We had a couple of personal watercraft run into each other out on Lake Lanier going pretty fast - between 20 and 30 miles an hour each," said McKinnon.<br /> <br /> He said miraculously neither operator was injured, but one operator was thrown from his PWC. That operator was not wearing the kill switch for the craft, and that complicated the issue.<br /> <br /> "Since he wasn't wearing that [the kill switch], when he fell off of the craft, it kept going in the water in circles," said McKinnon.<br /> <br /> McKinnon said Ranger First Class Eric Isom and Hall County Sheriff's Deputy Thomas Hyde witnessed the incident were able to slow the out-of-control PWC and use a long aluminum pole to pull the kill switch.<br /> <br /> One driver received a citation for operating a PWC above idle speed within 100-feet of an object in the water and the other received a citation for operating a PWC without having the kill switch attached.<br /> <br /> McKinnon said the incident happened around 2:30 p.m. He did not have information on where on the lake the incident occurred.<br /> <br /> <br />
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