Five people – including four members of the same family – were killed after two boats collided on a Georgia river over Memorial Day weekend.
The driver of the boat survived and was arrested for driving under the influence after Saturday morning’s accident that drove passengers into the Wilmington River in Savannah.
Two people were pronounced dead at the scene and three others were missing until Sunday morning when their lifeless bodies were recovered from 14 feet of water.
The driver of that boat, Mark Stegall, has been accused of operating a boat while under the influence, a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said.
Four of the five dead were members of the same Savannah family. Christopher Leffler, 51, and his wife Lori Leffler, 50, were killed in the crash along with their sons Zachary Leffler, 23, and Nathan Leffler, 17.
Search and rescue teams rescued four people who were taken to area hospitals, WTOC emergency services officials said.
The Lefflers’ boat had six people on board when it collided with a boat carrying three people.
According to USA Today, the family’s daughter Katie Leffler and her friend survived the crash.
Christopher Leffler was a teacher at Calvary Day School and his son Nathan was a rising senior, the school said in a statement.
“We are saddened to report the deaths of our faculty member, Mr. Chris Leffler, and his wife, Lori, who died today as a result of injuries sustained in a boating accident,” the school administration said.
Robert Chauncey, a 37-year-old passenger on the other boat, also died in the crash.
One of the boats sank after the collision while the other was badly damaged.
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