Two Men Killed in Boating Accident on Chattahoochee River

Two men are dead and another received minor injuries in a boating accident accident. Police say many of the details are still not clear.

At about 4 p.m. Wednesday, officials say a boat crashed on the bank of the Chattahoochee River about 10 miles north of Florence Marina. Three men had spent the day fishing.

“With it still being under investigation, there’s still a lot left to look at, the boat actually left the water, hit some trees there along the shore line and ricocheted back into the water. When the boat hit the trees it actually ejected all of the occupants of the boat,” said Georgia Department of Natural Resources Corporal Mitch Oliver.

After waiting about two hours for help, the surviving boater walked to a store and called 9-1-1.

The search began Wednesday night at around 7 o’clock. They used sonar technology to try and find the two men.

“You see the devastation to the vessels on the water, you see the remains of what’s left behind as far as the damage you assume has taken place to the victims that were involved in the accident it’s real hard to continue to maintain the thought that they are still alive but we remain hopeful,” said Georgia Department of Natural Resources Captain Jeff Swift.

Dennis Harris, 60, was found about 50 yards from the crash. He was pronounced dead just after midnight Thursday.
Divers found Henry Price, 72, about 500 yards away. He was pulled out of the water early Thursday afternoon.

“There’s no way to determine at this point if there was some level of mechanical failure or if there was human error or exactly what the case may be,” said Swift.

None of the passengers were wearing life vests.

Officials say a lot of the details are still sketchy because the sole survivor was the only witness. They are not sure if alcohol was a factor in the crash. They say the bodies have been sent to the state crime lab, but the likely cause of death is drowning.

This is the seventh Georgia boating fatality this year.

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