Boats Collide; 1 Child Killed, Teen Is Missing

BUFORD, Ga. (AP) — Authorities continue to search for a 13 year old presumed drowned after a fishing boat rammed a pontoon boat on Lake Lanier Monday night. A 9-year-old died in the boating accident.

According to the AJC, the driver of a boat believed involved in the fatal hit-and-run collision has been arrested.

DNR Major Walter Rabon told the AJC that the arrest was made early Tuesday morning. The suspect, identified as Paul J. Bennett, 44, of Cumming, has been charged with boating under the influence but could face other charges. He was taken to the Hall County jail.

A woman was also on the boat when the arrest took place, around 1:30 a.m., but has not been charged.

CBS Atlanta reports that the 9-year-old’s mother and two other children were also injured. Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell said their injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Rescue crews say there were 13 people aboard the pontoon boat when it was struck around 11 p.m. Monday. Most were knocked off the pontoon boat and pulled from the water.

Kimbrell says the boats collided between Lake Lanier Islands and Buford Dam. The area is just north of Buford, about 40 miles from Atlanta.

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