2nd body recovered from Lake Lanier after boat crash

Divers are still searching for the second fisherman in what they are calling a "recovery" effort.

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Police say they have recovered a second body after two fishermen disappeared into Lake Lanier earlier this week after being thrown from their boat during a crash.

Officials said Nick Edward Schimweg, 38, and Brianislav Prazich, 59, disappeared when their fishing boat collided with a cabin cruiser Wednesday.

Praznich's body was recovered from 33 feet of water near the crash site on Thursday. Schimweg's body was recovered around 6:30 p.m. Friday from around 54 feet of water 50 feet from the crash site.

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The accident happened around 5 p.m. Wedneday in the area near Bald Ridge Creek and Little Ridge Park in Forsyth County.

Three other people on the cabin cruiser, two men and a woman, were also taken to the hospital for their injuries.

The Department of Natural Resources said it remains unclear who was at fault in the wreck. Officials said the investigation will take 6 to 8 weeks to complete.

Investigators said they have questioned the boaters who were injured on the cabin cruiser. They are also taking a very close look at the damaged boats.


Meanwhile, the search continues for the second missing man.

Sgt. Lee Brown, with the DNR, said the search team is combing the lake bottom using an underwater sonar scanner and a remote submersible camera to find the other victim.

The search has been made more difficult by the depth of the water and debris, trees and stumps along the bottom of the lake.

Divers from Hall and Forsyth Counties continue to search for the second man after finding one body.

"We just want to make sure we can locate these individuals so we can bring closure for the families," Brown said.