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9-year-old boy pulled from Lake Lanier dies

The boy and his father were both pulled from the lake at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands on July 11.

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — The 9-year-old boy who was pulled from Lake Lanier Islands on July 11, has died, a Georgia Department of Natural Resources official confirmed.

Ethan Chen was swimming at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands when his father, Libao Chen, tried to rescue his son. Libao was also hospitalized in the incident and remains listed in critical condition.

Witnesses said the father noticed his son had not surfaced so he went in to find the child. That's when the father then went underwater. Both lifeguards and bystanders rushed to the child's aid. The father was found and pulled from the water as well.

Though initially reported as unresponsive, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said they were both resuscitated and had heartbeats. 

The boy died at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. The family is from Hoschton. 


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