Search Underway for Missing Swimmer at Lake Lanier

July 9, 2024
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Search Underway for Missing Swimmer at Lake Lanier

Authorities launched a search operation for Zachary Rutledge, 20, who disappeared while swimming at Burton Mill Park on Lake Lanier Monday evening.

🏊 What’s Happening:

  • Zachary Rutledge, from Winder, was last seen around 8 p.m. on Monday, July 8.
  • He was swimming with two friends who lost sight of him at Burton Mill Park.

👀 Between the Lines:

  • Authorities are considering the possibility that Rutledge may have swum back to shore and left the park unnoticed.
  • The search effort involves both water and land operations to cover all potential scenarios.

🔍 Catch Up Quick: Zachary Rutledge is described as:

  • 5’10” tall, weighing 120 lbs
  • Has curly brown hair
  • Was last seen wearing swim trunks and possibly a silver chain necklace

📞 The Big Picture: Public assistance is crucial in such cases. Anyone with information about Zachary’s whereabouts is urged to contact 911 or Hall County Dispatch at 770-536-8812. This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining visual contact with swimming companions and adhering to water safety guidelines.


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