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Body of Atlanta drowning victim recovered Monday afternoon from Lake Lanier
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The search for a missing man at Vanns Tavern Park is over. His body was found just before 5 p.m. July 1. - photo by DCN regional staff

An Atlanta man’s body was found in 26 feet of water Monday, July 1, near the spot he disappeared three days earlier on Lake Lanier, according to authorities.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources game wardens found the body of Corey Lamar Brown, 28, around 4:44 p.m. Monday near Vann’s Tavern Park.

“Game wardens located him using sector scan sonar and then recovered him with the remote-operated vehicle,” DNR spokesman Mark McKinnon said Monday.

Brown was on a rented double-decker pontoon boat Friday, June 28, with a group of people jumping from the top and sliding down a slide, according to DNR Sgt. Lee Brown.

“They had rented a pontoon boat and they were out on the lake for the day swimming,” Sgt. Brown said. “From what I understand, he was going after someone else and he started struggling and then went down.”

McKinnon said game wardens were called to the scene around 6:15 p.m. Friday. Two individuals were rescued by the game wardens, but Brown never resurfaced.

Sgt. Brown said he believes Brown knew how to swim and wasn’t sure if alcohol was a factor in the reported drowning.

Sonar and dive teams were used to search the area until about 1 a.m. Saturday and began again around 7 a.m. On Saturday afternoon, a DNR helicopter also helped in the search, but as boat traffic picked up, the dive team and sonar searches were called off.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office and Hall County Fire Services dive teams assisted in the search.


Reporters Layne Saliba and Jeff Gill contributed to this story. This report has been updated from its original version.