GoFundMe page set up after father drowns in Lake Hartwell

A 39-year-old father of two drowned Saturday during a boating accident on Lake Hartwell, authorities confirmed.

Brandon Dean Wilson, of Grayson, was driving a johnboat with his 6-year-old son Garrett on board about 10 p.m., Georgia Department of National Resources spokesman Mark McKinnon said.

A ski boat hit their vessel on Lake Hartwell near the Eastanollee Creek area, he said. The lake is on the border of Georgia and South Carolina.

His son, who was wearing a life jacket, was uninjured and pulled from the water by a passenger on the ski boat, McKinnon said. However, Wilson was found dead in the water.

Wilson is survived by Garrett, his 9-year-old son Pierce and wife Jenny.

His body was turned over to the Stephens County Coroner.

It’s unclear whether any charges will be filed in this incident. The Georgia DNR’s investigation is ongoing.

A GoFundMe page has been created for his family, which had raised more than $35,000 by Wednesday evening.

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