Wilmington Boat Disaster: 5 dead after boats collide on Georgia River near Savannah over Memorial Day weekend

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Search teams recovered the bodies of three missing passengers Sunday after a fatal boating accident in Georgia.

Their bodies were found in about 14 feet of water and in close proximity to one another, officials said.

This brings the death toll from the crash to five people.

Two boats collided on the Wilmington River near Savannah on Saturday.

One of the boats had six people on board. The other had three. Four people were taken to the hospital.

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One of the surviving boaters, Mark Christopher Stegall, 45, has been charged with boating under the influence, said Mark McKinnon of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

This crash is the second involving a boat and serious injuries in May on the Wilmington River. A local businessman was killed on May 5 when a boat he was on hit an unlit fairway marker near the Savannah Yacht Club and he was struck in the head by an unknown object, authorities said.

Traditionally, Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest of the year for recreational boaters.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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