Man Tragically Killed in Boating Accident on Altamaha River in Long County, Georgia
LONG COUNTY, GA. – According to a news report posted online at wtoc.com, a man was tragically killed in a boating accident that occurred on the Altamaha River in Long County, Georgia. The circumstances of the accident are not clear at this time, and officials are still investigating.*
The incident happened in the early evening by the Adamson’s Fish Camp on the river. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and WTOC report that a man was operating a boat in the area at about 6:30 p.m. and fell off the boat. Officials believe this happened when the boat hit a wake. He was retrieved by another boat on the water, which took him back to his own boat.
The man then jumped back onto his boat but somehow fell off again. WTOC reports he was when struck by his boat. It appears the boat was out of control, as officials reported that it was driving in circles for about an hour and finally stopped when it ran out of gas. It does not appear anyone else was on the boat.
The man was identified as a 24-year-old resident of Glennville, Georgia. Emergency responders pulled him from the water and rendered aid, then transported him to a nearby hospital, where he tragically died of his injuries.
The Department of Natural Resources is investigating the incident, and limited information about what happened was reported. It is not clear how the man was thrown twice from the boat, how the boat ran over him, or why the boat continued traveling in circles for so long. Officials reportedly do not believe that alcohol was a factor in the incident.
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