Forsyth County

Man electrocuted after jumping into Lake Lanier, officials say

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A man is dead after officials say he jumped into Lake Lanier.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials told Channel 2 Action News on Thursday officials received word of a man who was shocked near Lanier Beach South Road in Forsyth County.

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According to the investigation, a 24-year-old man, later identified as Thomas Milner jumped off a dock into the lake and was shocked by electricity in the water.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said a family friend tried to get him out of the water using a ladder but was unsuccessful.


According to Forsyth deputies, neighbors took over a boat to Thomas and another person jumped in the water to help him. That person described to officials a burning sensation he recognized as an electric shock.

He reportedly swarm ashore, turned off the power box, and went back into the water, ultimately pulling Milner onto the dock.

Milner’s uncle tried performing life-saving measures until medical responders arrived. Milner was taken to Northside Forsyth Hospital, where he later died.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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