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Dives, sonar scans end in search for boater

1:32 AM, Feb 18, 2013   |    comments
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CUMMING, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities say they're still looking for a missing boater on Lake Lanier, but search efforts using dive teams, side-scanning sonar and helicopters have ended.

Authorities will keep patrolling the water's surface near Little Ridge Park, where the missing man's boat was found Monday night. But Sgt. Greg Colson of the state Department of Natural Resources says searches underwater and from the air have been suspended.

Authorities on Friday identified the missing boater as 47-year-old George "Marty" Counts of Tucker, who had a house on Lake Lanier and frequently fished there.

A search team found Counts' shoes, fishing rod and hat during the five-day hunt for the missing man. But search efforts were often hindered by stormy, windy and cold weather.

Associated Press

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