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Crews search for possible drowning victim in Lake Lanier

The incident happened around 6 p.m. at the Sunrise Cove Marina when one of three swimmers who left a rented pontoon boat didn't resurface.

HALL COUNTY, Ga. — Authorities are back out searching Monday after a reported drowning on Lake Lanier Sunday afternoon.

According to Department of Natural Resources (DNR) spokesperson Mark McKinnon, the call came after three people attempted to go swimming near Sunrise Cove Marina. The three left their rented pontoon boat but were unable to get back to it because of wind. Two were rescued but a third went under and didn't resurface.

The person missing has been identified as 20-year-old Dorian Adonis Pinson, of Greenville, NC. 

Hall County Fire Services spokesperson Zachary Brackett said their crews were initially responded to Sunrise Cove Marina around 6 p.m. to the suspected drowning.

The department began their search for the victim and using side-scan sonar in an attempt to find an area to dive. However, after an hour of searching, they turned the scene over to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

McKinnon said DNR crews had been using sonar, as well, to search for the missing person but had to suspend the process at Sunday. 

Sunrise Cove Marina is located on Lake Lanier west of Oakwood in Hall County. This is a developing story. Check back for updates as they become available 

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