Lake Lanier Called 'Cursed,' 'Death Trap'

Online reaction is strong about metro Atlanta's aquatic retreat after the latest injury accident. Share your thoughts.

The news that two more children have been critically injured on Lake Lanier has provoked strong and negative reaction online.

"Lake Lanier is a death trap" read a posting on Twitter.com by user @_milanrev.

Also, Twitter user @briellezolciak posted, "my prayers go out to kile glover & his family. lake lanier is cursed I swear."

-- What's your reaction to the latest incident at Lanier? Do you feel safe on the lake? Tell us in the comments below.

The public comments come after an accident last week injured Kyle Glover, 11, and a 15-year-old girl. Glover, stepson of superstar entertainer Usher, reportedly has been declared brain dead by doctors in Atlanta. The children were in an inner tube being pulled by a pontoon boat when they were hit by a jet ski. The man piloting the jet ski reportedly was a member of the boating party with the children.

This incident comes not long after a June boating collision killed Buford brothers Griffin and Jake Prince, whose funeral was July 3 in Suwanee. A Johns Creek business owner has been charged with boating under the influence in connection with that collision.

Twitter user @mizrik posted, "That's 4 children dead or severly injured in less than 30 days at LakeLanier. Can we please stop letting money trump common sense?"

According to Foxnews.com, officials with the Department of Natural Resources, which patrols Lake Lanier, have been trying to re-create details of the incident involving Usher's stepson. They say alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

There's considerable reaction online to indicate that Lanier has become too busy for many potential users.

On Norcross Patch's Facebook page, Lindsey Monroe wrote, "What is going on at Lake Lanier?? I'd be scared to get on the water up there!"

User Roxana P posted on Suwanee Patch, "My incident wasn't reported in the news but my family and I were involved in a boating accident near Buford Dam on May 19. Our small boat capsized due to the high wake from speeding boats. My two year old son, an 11 year old, a 17 year old, and 3 adults were thrown. Thank god we were all okay. I will NEVER go out on that lake again."

User @edeweysmith posted on Twitter, "There MUST be some immediate regulations for driving water vehicles on Lake Lanier!! Praying for the Raymond family! #WOW"

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Stephen July 10, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Yes, it is cursed, by people who have NO clue how to operate (drive) a boat or PWC, I am amazed by the assumptions thrown around as fact when the facts are clear. What kind of idiot tries to jump over a tub being pulled behind a PONTOON boat that creates very little wake to begin with? Answer-An idiot who has never operated a boat or PWC. Is there any kind of charge for being ignorant that results in injury to a child? As they say, you cant fix stupid. What a shame, I find it interesting that there has been no mention of the FACT that this was a rental pontoon and a rental PWC?
Lanier boater July 11, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Roxanna P sounds like one of the stupid people. 6 people in a small boat down by Buford Dam? The lake is so wide down there, WIND churns it up like an ocean. This isn't some backyard pond where you can drop in a jonboat and paddle around. Anyone with brains would not go down there in anything under 24'. If you have a small vessel, stick to the creeks up north.
Troutdog July 12, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I agree with this. There are no rules of the road other the biggest boat wins. Inexperienced drivers, operators, and passengers are the demise of this lake. Mandatory boating courses should be required for anyone renting such vessels but that could impact the booming lanier economy. I go there every weekend and I am always amazed by the crazy things I see. Sorry it had to happen this way. Shut down sunset cove would be a start as we had two BUI on the forth. Serious dude, really just two. I would venture to say there was many more undetected. DNR wake up, enforce the regs but wait their boats were in the shop. Unbelievable.
Sandra Padgett July 13, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Old timer I can remember when Lake Lanier was formed and have spent many enjoyable hours boating there. However, most folks don't remember, or realize that the terrain under the lake was once just like the terrain above it: filled with trees, structures, rock and other debris. Although much of this material has since decayed, there is still plenty left, causing hazards to boaters, swimmers, and other who find themselves in the lake. Early boaters on the lake knew where the problem areas were and took extra care or avoided them. Most of the man-made lakes in Georgia are exactly the same. Safety and a working knowledge of the underwater terrain of the lake should be paramount. Remember lake level flutuations, expecially in this drought, change the terrain. Please, foremost follow the boating rules of the road. Have maps showing markers, average lake depths, and usual areas of the lake. Know where you are exactly at all times, and be prepared for the unexpected and the other guy who doesn't understand that a boat like an automobile can be a deadly weapon.
Nanza July 14, 2012 at 06:34 PM
It's a sad accident and unfortunately prolly won't be the last I hope that little boy recieves a miracle from god.


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