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#41 May 21, 2008
Posted: Tuesday, May 20th 2008 at 6:34pm
Search for man believed drowned in Lanier to continue after holiday
By Katie Highsmith Staff
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GAINESVILLE - Authorities said the search in Lake Lanier for a missing Clayton County man will resume next week.
"We plan to probably conduct some additional dives next week after the holiday," said Hall County Sheriff's Major Jeff Strickland.
Broderick Bradford, 46, has been missing ever since his Jet Ski overturned near Aqualand Marina May 4.
#42 May 21, 2008
My prayers continually go up for Brodericks's wife, children, parents, siblings and other family members and friends. I know there are a lot of people praying and hurting but not as much as his immediate family. He talked often about his Detroit famiy and friends and kept in close contact with them. Broderick was such a joy to be around, very outgoing and he thought he was everybody's "father", he reminded me so much of my late brother (loved family, friendly, outgoing, crazy, mechanic, truck driver, loved people, talked stuff, big heart, motorcycles, pool and bowling). He was a kind and caring friend and never met a stranger. He called often just to see how things were going and I'll miss those calls, I talked to him on the Saturday before and of course he was being Broderick saying how my daughter sucked me into getting a dog and how his boys wanted a dog and he wasn't getting one :~)because he wasn't having a dog in his house.
I am so grateful the dive team has not given up, I cried with praise when I saw this article. I know the family cannot have closure without at least a body to say goodbye to and for confirmation.
My God told me he will be found. Bradford family continue to have faith and be strong.
Since they are searching after the holiday can we get everyone to pray at 7PM on Sunday (the time that is noted in the media when the call came through) so we have a mass of prayer going up at one time for a blessing to come down.
#44 May 21, 2008
To Mrs. Bradford,
Our prayers are with you daily and be strong my sister for God is in control of all lives. He will grant you peace that surpasses all understanding. Be Blessed!
#45 May 21, 2008
#46 May 21, 2008
Thank you for the update, and God Bless the divers and all who are looking for him.
#47 May 21, 2008
Amen Again! God will bring him back to his family. Ask and we shall receive.
#48 May 25, 2008
Everyone - don't forget to pray today at 7 for Broderick's return.
#49 May 26, 2008
Psalm 86:3 Have mercy on us, O lord for we call to you all day long. You are a forgiving God abounding in love to all that call to you Hear our prayers, O Lord Listen to our cry for mercy. for you will always answer. Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord; no deed can compare with yours
#50 May 26, 2008
Hear our prayer oh Lord. Incline thine ear to us and grant us thy peace. In Jesus name. AMEN
#51 May 27, 2008
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened."
Matthew 7:7-8 NKJV
#52 May 27, 2008
I am sorry for your loss have you thought about asking for outside help I run a dive team and have had success in that lake as well as not so good success but maybe they need a new set of eyes if i can help ease your pain let me know. it is a very diffacult job and a dangerous one at that
#53 May 28, 2008
Thank you for offering to assist in the search for my husband Broderick.
Yes, we have considered outside assistance. The Hall County Dive Team is diligent in their efforts, and I could not ask for a more dedicated group of men. I pray for them daily.
Please contact The Hall County Sherrif's Office. Points of contact will be Major Strickland of the Dive Team and Investigator Donald McDuffie.
Again, thank you for your kind words and offer to assist in the search.
#54 May 28, 2008
I hope they are found. I also hope the dogs are ok and generously rewarded for their efforts.
#55 May 28, 2008
O Lord, our God how majestic is your name in all the earth! God is our refuge and strength an ever-present help in trouble. I lift up my eyes to the hills where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed he who over us will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day nor the moon by night the Lord will keep you from all harms he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
#56 May 28, 2008
Couldn't have said it better
#57 May 28, 2008
Couldn't have said it better
That's him all the way!
#58 May 31, 2008
Friends hope for closure as divers continue search
Sheriff’s office is still looking for May 4 drowning victim.
By Stephen Gurr
POSTED May 31, 2008 12:25 a.m.
FLOWERY BRANCH — As sheriff’s divers searched the murky depths of Lake Lanier for an eighth day for the body of a Ellenwood man who is presumed drowned, the man’s friends worried that his remains may never be found.
Broderick Bradford was last seen on the lake when his personal watercraft overturned about 100 yards from gas docks at Aqualand Marina early on the night of May 4.
Bradford, a 46-year-old married father of two, was not wearing a life jacket and is believed to have drowned.
But in the three weeks since his disappearance, the 10-man Hall County Sheriff’s Dive Team that routinely finds bodies in a matter of minutes has logged more than 60 hours underwater without success. They were in the lake again Friday, the eighth day of fruitless searching since Bradford was seen going under 26 days previously.
Hall County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Tempel, the commander of the dive team, said the scope of the search — more than 5 acres with depths ranging from 30 to 70 feet — is one major hindrance.
"We’ve got a lot of conflicting accounts from witnesses," Tempel said. "It’s a large search area."
Another obstacle is the presence of submerged trees as tall as 30 feet in the lake, which makes grid searches using ropes impractical, and visibility that hovers between 4 feet and zero, depending on the depth and amount of silt in the water. After some rainy days, silt runoff coming from Lanier’s exposed shorelines has made the lake impossibly cloudy for searching, Tempel said.
Divers have not spent this much time looking for a drowning victim in the lake since July 2006, when a man riding a stolen Jet Ski went under near Holiday Marina. The body of 38-year-old Marc Lee Webb of Cumming was never recovered after three weeks of searching. Divers were hampered then as well by vague witness accounts and a large, deep search area to cover.
#59 May 31, 2008
"There have been several that have gone unrecovered over the years," Hall County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kiley Sargent said.
Sharon Gaston-Johnson, a friend of Bradford’s from Jonesboro, said his friends are concerned that time may be running out in the search efforts. Sheriff’s officials have not yet said when they would end the search.
"You’ll always wonder if he’s out there, if they terminate the search," Gaston-Johnson said. "There’s no closure. Your mind starts drifting — is he really dead? Is he really drowned? Until they find a body, it’s not official."
Any memorial service for Bradford is on hold for now, she said.
Gaston-Johnson said Bradford was a driver for UPS who was a "very nice, fun-loving family man. He’ll be extremely missed."
"He loved sports," she said. "He did not drink or do drugs. He was always real cautious. For him to be out there without a life jacket, that’s what was so shocking to everybody."
Gaston-Johnson said Bradford, who lived with his two boys and wife, often went deep-sea fishing with his father.
"He was on the water a lot," she said. "That’s what’s puzzling — how could he drown?"
Divers haven’t been the only ones looking for Bradford. The Hall County Sheriff’s marine patrol has made surface searches of the area on boats and personal watercraft every day since he went missing.
Sheriff’s officials say in drowning cases, whether bodies rise to the surface depends in part on the water temperature. The warmer the water, the more likely a body will surface. Temperatures in the deeper portions of the search area are in the mid-50s, officials said.
Authorities are also considering the possibility that Bradford’s body may be snagged on one of the many trees and brush piles beneath the surface.
The water current is not believed to be a factor. The search area is in a relatively tranquil cove of the lake.
"Our experience is unless it’s in a main channel, the current is not going to move someone very far," Lt. Joe Carter said.
Carter said divers have "thoroughly" searched an area where cadaver dogs aboard a boat detected a scent. They have been using the "compass run" technique, in which one diver operates a compass to keep the search on a straight heading and the other diver uses his arms to probe around him. Searches along the lake bottom average about 30 minutes per dive.
Authorities say the operation is filled with risks; one diver had his radio communication line ripped from his gear when it snagged on a branch. Another diver’s primary air hose burst while he was above the water — an equipment failure that would have created a critical risk underwater, Tempel said.
Said Sargent, "It’s very, very dangerous work. But these guys know what they’re doing."
Gaston-Johnson, Bradford’s friend, said those who know him have sent along their thanks to the dive team.
"I know they’re doing their best and everyone appreciates them," she said. "Everyone’s waiting for some kind of closure."
#60 May 31, 2008
Posted: Friday, May 30th 2008 at 12:37pm
Search resumes for drowning victim
By B.J. Williams
FLOWERY BRANCH - Hall County divers are back in the waters of Lake Lanier, trying to recover the body of a man who fell from his Jet Ski May 4.
Sgt. Kiley Sargent said divers with the Hall County Sheriff's Department have made at least a dozen dives since Broderick Bradford went under three weeks ago. In addition, the team has used side scan sonar in the rescue efforts near Aqualand Marina.
Sargent said if Friday's efforts are unsuccessful, the dive team will reassess the rescue efforts next week.
#61 May 31, 2008
Thank you so much fo the update.... Let's continue to pray for his recovery
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