- Associated Press - Sunday, May 26, 2019

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say two people have drowned in unrelated incidents on Lake Lanier over the busy Memorial Day weekend.

News outlets report 30-year-old Reginald Terrell Whitehead of Perry was found dead after a personal watercraft he was riding overturned near a boat ramp. Divers recovered his body late Saturday.

Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office said Whitehead was not wearing a flotation device and couldn’t swim. Lake Lanier is located about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of Atlanta.

Whitehead died hours after authorities Saturday morning pulled the body of 61-year-old Michael Thompson from the water near his boat dock on Lake Lanier. The Hall County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that a family member discovered Thompson’s body.

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