5 dead after 2 boats collide in Georgia

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5 dormant aft boating mishap

5 dormant aft head-on boating collision successful Georgia 00:22

Authorities said Sunday they had recovered the bodies of 3 radical missing aft 2 boats collided a time earlier successful Georgia, bringing the decease toll up to five.  Four others were rescued Saturday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Two radical were confirmed deceased Saturday, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said successful a statement. 

Several agencies searched for the 3 missing victims utilizing "sector scan sonar and divers," Georgia DNR said. The 3 missing victims were located Sunday greeting astir 9 a.m. successful 14-foot heavy h2o and successful "close proximity to each other," Georgia DNR said.

Authorities identified the 5 who were killed arsenic Christopher David Leffler, 51; Lori Lynn Leffler, 50; Zachary James Leffler, 23; Nathan Leffler, 17; and Robert Steven Chauncey, 37.

Mark Christopher Stegall, 45, was arrested for boating nether the influence, Georgia DNR said Sunday.

Georgia DNR said successful a connection that witnesses said the collision happened erstwhile "two halfway console boats carrying a full of 9 passengers, six successful 1 vas and 3 successful the other, were traveling successful other directions erstwhile they collided."

The 4 different radical were rescued and taken to a section infirmary with insignificant injuries, Georgia DNR said. The Coast Guard said 1 idiosyncratic is successful "good condition." No different accusation connected their injuries was given. One idiosyncratic with an evident limb wounded had to beryllium hoisted retired of the h2o by a helicopter, according to video released by the Coast Guard.

The collision happened astir 10: 30 a.m. "on the Wilmington River adjacent the Oatland Island Wildlife Center docks wherever Richardson Creek and the Wilmington River conscionable successful Chatham County," Georgia DNR said. The Coast Guard said it was notified of the clang by a bully Samaritan astatine 10:42 a.m.

The Coast Guard, DNR, Chatham County Marine Patrol, Savannah Fire and Chatham Emergency Services are assisted successful the hunt for the missing boaters. 

Georgia DNR is investigating the crash.

In: United States Coast Guard

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