Lawrenceville Father, Stepson Drown in Lake Lanier

A Lawrenceville father and his step-son drowned in Lake Lanier Saturday, April 14, marking the first drownings in the lake in the 2012 swimming and boating season.

The Gainesville Times is reporting that the two people who drowned in Lake Lanier Saturday were a Lawrenceville father and his stepson. Authorities reported that the bodies of Jose Alfredo Benitez, 40, and Carlos Amaya, 14, of Lawrenceville, were recovered Saturday night. They had disappeared underwater in the area of Mountain View Park off of Browns Bridge Road.

According to reports, the teen became distressed earlier in the day while trying to swim across a cove. They both drowned when his stepfather came to his aid.

Pala April 16, 2012 at 02:25 AM
He my cousin
Sharon Swanepoel April 16, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Pala - I am so sorry for your loss. Let us know if the family needs any help from the community and we will try and help get the word out. So very sad.
Valerie Pegg April 16, 2012 at 11:51 AM
This is so sad. My thoughts are with the family.
Jana Crump-Aquino April 17, 2012 at 05:49 PM
My prayers and thoughts are with the family. Such a tragedy.
Karla Solorzano April 19, 2012 at 05:19 AM
He is my uncle and my cousin... ;'(


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