Five people have been killed in a boat crash in Georgia.
Authorities say five people were killed and four others were injured when two boats collided head-on on Saturday morning. Mark McKinnonFor public relations officers Georgia Department of Natural Resources‘ Law enforcement departmentSaid People Georgia Game Wardens respond to an incident near Dock at the Ootland Island Wildlife Center where Richardson Creek and Wilmington River meet in Chatham County.
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Witnesses saw two center console boats carrying nine people – six in one boat and three in the other – crashing into each other in the opposite direction. Two were pronounced dead at the scene and three others were initially missing. Game Warden, Chatham County Marine Patrol, Savannah Fire, Chatham Emergency ServicesAnd United States Coast Guard Scan begins searching for the remaining passengers using gold and divers. Two helicopters have also been deployed. After a lengthy search until the next morning, the missing victims were found, McKinnon said in a statement Sunday:
“Three people have been rescued missing this morning, bringing the death toll to five.”
“The three missing victims were identified by Game Warden at 9:00 a.m. Sunday in 14 feet of deep water and in close proximity to each other.”
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The identities of the dead have been ascertained Christopher David Lefler51, Laurie Lynn Leffler50, Zachary James Leffler23, Nathan Leffler17, and Robert Steven Chance37. Other passengers, whose names were not released, were taken to a local hospital, Mark shared:
“Four other passengers were injured in various ways and were taken to Savannah Memorial Health Medical Center.”
Another was “in good condition” and did not appear to be injured in the crash, a press release said.
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An investigation is underway Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Critical Incident Reconstruction Team. The investigation is expected to take six to eight weeks. Meanwhile, the 45-year-old said Mark Christopher Staggle (Pictured above) taken into custody, People He has since been arrested on charges of “boating under the influence of events.” It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
Love is being sent to the families and loved ones of all the victims in this devastating time. What a horrible, unfortunate accident …
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