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Investigation into cause of boat wreck ongoing after bodies located

Posted: December 6, 2017 - 2:01am

After three days, authorities have located and recovered the bodies of two men involved in a fatal boating collision Friday.

Now, officials with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources say it will take six weeks to get results of the investigation into exactly what happened.

"The preliminary investigation and witness statements revealed that the two bass boats collided, ejecting both drivers.

"Neither driver resurfaced," stated a DNR news release Saturday.

The body of George Ashmore, 51, of Thomson was discovered by authorities Saturday in the general vicinity of the collision, and the body of Tom Allgood Jr., 65, an Augusta attorney, was recovered Monday afternoon.

First responders were called to the boat ramp Friday regarding a boating accident, however rescuers were unable to locate the occupants of the boats and initially remained unsure of how many were involved.

Wreckage from the crash was retrieved; however, the bodies of Ashmore and Allgood remained missing. Authorities called off the search at sundown Friday.

The search resumed Saturday morning and divers successfully located Ashmore's body.

Authorities returned to the area at dawn Sunday and initiated a search of the area using a DNR helicoptor. Crews resumed the search Monday morning around 7:30 a.m. until Allgood's body was located.

Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins planned to transport Allgood's body to the GBI crime lab in Atlanta, where an autopsy will be performed on Allgood and Ashmore.

GA DNR Law Enforcement's Critical Incident Reconstruction Team is investigating the incident.

 

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