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Memorial Day Weekend Wilmington River Boat Disaster Latest

TWO people are dead and a frantic search is underway for three other missing people after two boats collided in Georgia on Saturday morning.

The collision occurred just after 10:30 a.m. in the Wilmington River, about seven miles east of downtown Savannah and 1.5 miles north of Thunderbolt Marina.

Two people dead and others missing in boating accident in Georgia

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Two people dead and others missing in boating accident in GeorgiaCredit: USCG
Two boats were involved in the crash

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Two boats were involved in the crashPhoto credit: WJCL
One of the two boats sank after the crash

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One of the two boats sank after the crashPhoto credit: WJCL

According to reports, nine people were on the two boats; six people in one boat and three in another, officials said.

A 37-year-old white man and two white men in their early 20s remain missing, according to a US Coast Guard press release. They were reportedly last seen shirtless but in board shorts.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokesman Mark McKinnon believes the search is “a recreational situation,” he told ABC News.

The four other victims are being treated for various injuries.

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One was pulled from the water and flown to Memorial Health University Medical Center. A person is in good condition. That

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources also told the outlet that the two boats were not going in the same direction.

It is not known what caused the crash.

Chatham Emergency Medical Services is asking residents to avoid the area.

Koster also told ABC that one of the two boats sank after the crash.

Several Chatham agencies are responding to the scene.

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Anyone with information about the collision should call the Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center at 843-740-7050.

The crash is being investigated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

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