Lake Lanier, a reservoir in Georgia, has once again become the site of a tragic incident, claiming the life of a 24-year-old man named Thomas Shepard “Shep” Milner. In a bizarre turn of events, Milner died from electrocution after jumping into the lake for a swim from his family’s dock. The incident has raised concerns about the safety of the lake, which has a grim history of fatalities.
Twenty four year old Thomas Shepard “Shep” Milner tragically died of electrocution in Georgia’s Lake Lanier.
According to The Byte, Milner decided to enjoy a swim in the waters he loved so much when he was met with unexpected danger. As he jumped off his family’s dock, he began screaming for help, alerting his family and friends. A neighbor in a boat rushed to the scene. However, as he tried to rescue Milner, he felt a burning sensation and realized the water was electrified.
Reacting swiftly, he swam back to the dock to turn off a power box that appeared to be the source of electricity in the water. After shutting off the power, he managed to drag Milner back to shore. Despite their best efforts, Milner succumbed to the electrocution and was rushed to a local hospital, where he passed away the following day.
Following the tragic electrocution incident involving Thomas Shepard Milner, investigators are diligently working to determine how the water became electrified. Milner’s mother, Martha, told authorities that the family dock was less than three years old and had been inspected by a licensed electrician. She also urged all dock owners to check their electrical setups to prevent similar accidents in the future.
Faulty wiring in a pool light, boat dock, or boat launch can release electrical current into the water, presenting a grave and potentially fatal risk to swimmers. When people come into contact with this electrified water, the electrical current enters their bodies, resulting in muscle paralysis and electrocution. This danger is not limited to specific bodies of water and can happen anywhere.
Since its creation in the 1950s, roughly 500 people have lost their lives in Lake Lanier, with 200 fatalities occurring since 1994.
Thomas Shepard Milner’s untimely passing has left his family, friends, and community devastated. Known for his love of the lake and all things water-related, he spent his leisure time riding jet skis, swimming, and relaxing on the dock with music playing in the background. He also had a passion for music and enjoyed hosting a weekly Dungeons and Dragons group at the lake house.
Described by his mother as gentle, kind, loving, and accepting, Milner’s memory will be cherished by those who knew him. A Celebration of Life ceremony is planned for August 5 at Reformation Brewery in Canton, where family and friends will gather to pay tribute to the young man who lost his life in a strange electrocution.
Lake Lanier’s Tragic History
The tragic incident involving Thomas Shepard Milner is not an isolated case at Lake Lanier. Over the years, the lake has witnessed a disturbing number of fatalities, solidifying its reputation as a deadly body of water. Since its creation in the 1950s, roughly 500 people have lost their lives in Lake Lanier, with 200 fatalities occurring since 1994.
The lake’s haunting past has led to various urban legends. Some believe it is cursed due to unmarked graves that were submerged during its construction, while others speculate about a ghost haunting its depths. Besides the electrocution, authorities are also conducting a search for a 27-year-old man who went missing in Lake Lanier over the same weekend.
Additionally, the lake’s other recent casualty, 61-year-old Tracy Smith, was spotted swimming away from a boat and was subsequently discovered deceased following a search operation that used sonar technology.