UPDATE: New details about death of man who jumped into Lanier

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Sunday released details about the Thursday incident that led to the death of a 24-year-old man when he jumped into Lake Lanier. The additional information was provided after media reports Saturday about the incident which quoted a spokesman for the state Department of Natural Resources.


“On July 27, 2023, at approximately 5:30pm deputies responded to 3100 Dove Trail in reference to a drowning.  24-year-old Thomas Milner entered the water from his family dock and shortly after was heard screaming for help.  A family friend attempted to get him out of the water using a ladder but was unsuccessful.

Neighbors took a boat over to Thomas and one person jumped in the water to help him.  That person described a burning sensation he recognized as an electric shock.  He swam ashore, turned off the power box and re-entered the water ultimately pulling Thomas onto the dock. Thomas’ uncle began CPR until EMS arrived.

Thomas was taken to a nearby hospital but succumbed to his injuries the next day.  This case remains an active investigation.”