Dorian Pinson who is from Greenville and also a professional basketball player, having played at Southside High School and Lincoln Memorial University.
In 2018, he moved to Germany to represent Hebeisen White Wings Hanau. He has also played professionally in Israel and Canada, according to a German website.
Dorian Pinson drowned in Lake Lanier on 18 April 2021.
The Hall County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Dorian Pinson’s family was notified Wednesday afternoon.
As with most cases at Lake Lanier, there is a lot of confusion about what happened.
WYFF 4 reported that Pinson had gone boating with two other friends on a rented pontoon. At some point while boating, they fell off the pontoon into the lake. A passing boat was able to rescue Pinson’s friends, but Dorian never resurfaced. Both friends said they were unable to return to the boat due to the wind.
Hill County officials spent weeks trying to find Dorian’s body but suspended their efforts.
In June, the family started a fundraising drive to hire a private dive team to continue the efforts.
At that point, Alicia and Johnny Pinson, Dorian’s parents, quit their jobs and moved from Greenville to Gainesville to be closer to the crews. In the end, it was the private team that managed to locate Dorian body.
Richard Pickering of Lake Lanier Recovery Divers, said, “The DNR and the Hall County dive team have limited resources”. “They spent about a week there. After a month had passed and the body had not been recovered, the family contacted us and asked if we could provide assistance. ”
Corpse dogs from the K-9 Forensic Unit, part of the Richland County Coroner’s Office in South Carolina, assisted in the search. The advanced probe technology was provided by Bruce’s Legacy, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit that assists in recovery efforts.
The teams were looking for a victim located in the same area in which Dorian dived. The private dive team found his body in Flowery Branch next to the Old Federal Camp Ground located near Sunrise Cove Marina, the area where Pinson and two other people were using a rented pontoon on April 18.
Bruce’s Legacy, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit, was credited with finding Dorian’s body.
The organization offers “search and recovery operations for drowning victims.” To help locate Dorian, the organization used a sector scan sonar and a remotely operated vehicle (ROV).
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) public affairs officer, Mark McKinnon told WYFF the team had been searching for five days, along with Georgia DNR law enforcement rangers.
Bureau officers, The Hall County Sheriff’s Office and the US Army Corps of Engineers also participated in the Lake Lanier Recovery Divers efforts.
Dorian Pinson Age
Dorian Pinson was 24 years old.
Dorian Pinson Body Found
Dorian and his friends went boating on Lake Lanier on the 18th day of April 2021. Unfortunately, he ended up being one of the many victims of the cursed lake and drowned that day.
Around 86 days later, rescue teams finally managed to recover her body, thanks to the help of modern technology and the generosity of a Wisconsin-based nonprofit.
We have reported extensively on Lake Lanier here at MEAWW, with numerous people missing in the Georgia Reservoir. The “curse” has struck in other ways as well, such as explosions and fires.
On July 4, an Independence Day celebration went awry when a pier on the lake sank while people were partying on it.
During the weekend of July 4, 2020, two people drowned in the lake, prompting a viral message ever since that the lake was haunted.
Since 1994, approximately 200 people have died in the lake. Many of those victims have never been found, and the lake reaches a depth of 200 feet in some places.
Fortunately for the Pinson family, that was not the case. They were finally able to say goodbye to their beloved son after her body was found on July 15 2021.
Richard Pickering, who works with the organization said, the groups paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for technology and equipment out of his pocket.
However, they refused to be compensated out of respect for Pinson’s family.
McKinnon said “During the five-day search, the rangers covered more than 300 acres of the lake using a grid search pattern.
On the sixth day after the incident, they switched to surface searches and shore sweeps”.
After he was recovered, Dorian’s body was sent to the Crime Lab of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and turned over to the family an hour later.