Body of Forsyth boater Patrick Gilbert found on Lake Sinclair


The 42-year-old and his daughter were thrown from their boat on Tuesday morning after hitting a log while fishing.

PUTNAM COUNTY, Ga. — Editor’s note: The video for this story is from Tuesday’s research coverage

The body of 42-year-old boater Patrick Gilbert has been found, according to Sheriff Howard Sills.

Sills sent out a press release just before 2 p.m. Wednesday confirming the find.

He says Gilbert’s body has been turned over to the coroner and there is no evidence of foul play, so no charges will be filed.

Gilbert had been missing since 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Putnam Beach area of ​​the Lake Sinclair Recreation Area.

Sills said Tuesday that Gilbert and his 18-year-old daughter were fishing when their boat hit a log. The impact caused all rigging and objects in the boat to shift to the left, ejecting the pair.

His daughter told authorities she had done her best to keep her father afloat, but she eventually fell under herself and when she came to the surface her father was gone. She then swam to the west side of the lake and called 911.

Neither was wearing a life jacket and no one was on the boat at the time of the accident.


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