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SPEAK OUT: Is It Safe on Lake Lanier?

Several recent accidents at the resort area have resulted in death and injury. Share your thoughts.

Updated July 8

Unfortunately, it hasn't been hard lately to find bad news involving Lake Lanier, Atlanta's aquatic playground.

On June 18, a two-boat collision late at night left a Buford youth, 9, dead and his brother, 13, missing. A Cumming man has been charged with boating under the influence in connection with the case. (The missing youth was recovered by divers, and the youths' funeral was held July 3 in Suwanee.)

Do you feel safe on Lake Lanier now? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

And not long before that, , apparently due to a mistake by a boat operator.

who were being pulled by a boat. Reports say one of the youths was the stepson of superstar entertainer Usher. Both youths reportedly are in critical condition.

Of course, Lake Lanier and its resort areas are a weekend haven for Suwanee, Gwinnett County and metro Atlanta. Boating in particular is popular. And the July 4 holiday weekend is nearing, meaning use will be higher than ever then.

But do you feel safe on Lanier after all this? Should you and others go near the water? Will you alter your plans because of these recent incidents?

"I had seven grandchildren. I have five now," said businessman Mike Prince Sr., who was in Florida on business when his wife called to tell him about the fatal accident. His son, daughter-in-law and grandson Ryan are inconsolable, he told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

Should nighttime boating be banned? Should law enforcement and Department of Natural Resources officials enact new regulations to ensure visitor safety at Lanier?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Compiled by Steve Burns.

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Billy Bob July 13, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Six people in a small boat? LOL! It's a wonder it didn't swamp at the pier!
Billy Bob July 13, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Take the Coast Guard Auxiliary's Boating Safety Course It's fun and VERY informative. http://cgaux.org/boatinged/class_finder/index.php Also, get a copy of "Chapman Piloting & Seamanship (Chapman Piloting, Seamanship and Small Boat Handling)" - aka: The Boater's Bible
Chuck Snow July 13, 2012 at 09:06 PM
The few safe boat operators on Lanier are far outnumbered by idiots on the water who drink and endanger not only the other boat operators but put their own children and passengers in danger. I haven't been on Lake Lanier in the summer in several years and have no plans on doing so. It's bad enough on the streets and highways around Atlanta, without pushing your luck on Lanier There needs to be more enforcement . We spent the week of the4th in Fort Myers Beach and saw Marine Patrol in action, We saw several taken into custody,,, something you seldom,, if ever see on Lanier. And many boats were boarded and checked including ours You see more stupidity on Lanier on any summer saturday than you'll see in months on the water in SWFL.
Andy D July 17, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Education is paramount in all that we do boating is no exception. I am not one who advocates giving more power to government to protect us from ourselves. However some type of boater education should be mandatory for all new boat owners. Maybe when you register your boat you need proof of a boater education course in order to register your boat. And if you are given a citation within the first year you should be made to take it again before you are allowed to return to the lake. Because they sure did not learn anything the first time. I am a 30 year boater and been on Lanier for 7 years about 2 days a week. I have seen a lot of boaters who just do not know the rules. I get cut off at least once every time I go out. Also jet skis jumping my wake. I was coming home from Aqualand one night about 30 mph to a small fishing boat sitting in the middle of the channel with no lights on. He turned on his anchor light when I was 100 yards from him. If everyone followed the rules everyone would be safe.
Heather McDaniel July 30, 2012 at 01:24 PM
How can I help get Usher involved? What reporting agencies will investigate? How can a community get involved? I am concerned for the safety if my son. I want to help!! Several things can take place here, and do we see any measures taken that help? I am outraged!!!

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