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Missing Swimmer In Lake Lanier Safe After Flagging Down GA Deputy
Missing Swimmer In Lake Lanier Safe After Flagging Down GA Deputy
Missing Swimmer In Lake Lanier Safe After Flagging Down GA Deputy

Published on: 07/09/2024

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Hall County deputies search for a man around 8:30 p.m. Monday after friends said they lost track of him while swimming in Lake Lanier.
Hall County deputies search for a man around 8:30 p.m. Monday after friends said they lost track of him while swimming in Lake Lanier. (Shutterstock)

FLOWERY BRANCH, GA β€” A 20-year-old swimmer who disappeared Monday night at Lake Lanier has been found safe, the Hall County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

Authorities said Zachary Rutledge, a Winder man who spent the night at Burton Mill Park at Lake Lanier, flagged down a Hall County deputy who patrolled the park around 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Deputies first began searching for Rutledge around 8:30 p.m. Monday after friends said they lost track of him while swimming in the lake.

The friends did not know if Rutledge had walked away from the park or if he was still in the water, authorities said.

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With no cell phone, Rutledge was not able to call for help, authorities said. Though he heard the GSP helicopters, authorities said Rutledge did not realize they were searching for him.

"While this incident had a positive outcome, it serves as a good reminder to be cautiouswhile swimming in Lake Lanier. That includes not swimming alone, communicating clearlywith fellow swimmers and keeping track of those who may be in your group. The Hall

County Sheriff’s Office is thankful Mr. Rutledge is safe," authorities said in a news release.

Lake Lanier goes through Buford, Cumming and Gainesville.

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