Hart County Sheriff Mike Cleveland said an Illinois man is missing on Lake Hartwell and believed to be in the water.
On Wednesday, Jan. 8, about 3 p.m., Cleveland received a phone call from a representative of Hartwell Marina that one of the company’s rented pontoon boats had been found anchored in the lake without anyone onboard.
Cleveland said the boat had been rented by a man from Illinois with no apparent ties to this area.
“At this time, we believe he is in the water,” Cleveland said in a statement.
Search and recovery efforts are underway.
No additional information is available as of Thursday morning.