Hall County

Missing UGA student's kayak found on Lake Lanier

HALL COUNTY, Ga. — The family of a missing University of Georgia student is back on Lake Lanier searching for their son who vanished while kayaking.

NewsChopper 2 flew over the search in Hall County Tuesday morning. %



Lam Dang's family and friends pushed off from the shores of Two Mile Creek Park at Lake Lanier to continue their desperate search.

Dang's family doesn't speak much English, so Dang's long-time friend Kenny Tran talked with Channel 2's Richard Elliot before they went out on the water.

“And he went out alone at night, and no one knew where he was the moment, so we knew he was missing Wednesday afternoon, but it wasn't until, I think it was Friday that they found his car and we knew he was here at Lake Lanier,” Tran said.


Searchers discovered Dang’s car here at Two Mile Creek Park last week and they've concentrated their search around this area.

One volunteer says they found his inflatable kayak just north of this point.

“I'm not sure how often he went kayaking, so it's a bit of a surprise to me,” Tran said.

The family took with them Buddhist monks from their temple in southeast Atlanta and searched the islands closest to the park before heading out into the main channel.

After a few hours, they returned for a couple of hours only to head back out again.

Tran says they plan to keep searching until they learn what happened to their friend.

“Just whatever we can find,” Tran said. “Maybe he is on an island and if not, whatever we can find of him.

The mother of Dang's roommate at UGA drove here to offer her support as well, but for now, the search continues.