Five People Dead, Four Rescued After Two Boats Collide in Georgia

The collision happened on the Wilmington River, a popular destination for boaters, just a few miles from downtown Savannah, Ga., officials said. (Credit…WJCL)

Five people are dead after two boats collided on Saturday morning during the busy Memorial Day weekend in Georgia.

Search and rescue teams on Sunday recovered the bodies of the three people missing from a Saturday morning boat crash on the Wilmington River, bringing the death toll to five after two people were confirmed dead on Saturday. Four other people were rescued.

According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, all three missing victims were located by game wardens at approximately 9:00 a.m. Sunday in 14-foot deep water and in close proximity to each other.

According to a Chatham Emergency Services spokesperson, two motorboats carrying nine passengers traveling in opposite directions collided at approximately 10:30 a.m. near the Oatland Island Wildlife Center docks in Savannah, Georgia.

Four of the five boaters killed were members of the same Savannah family: Chris Leffler and his wife, Lori, as well as their sons Nate and Zach. Their daughter Katie and her friend were among the surviving passengers.

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SOURCE: USA Today; Savannah Morning News, Laura Nwogu