1 dead, several injured after early morning boat crash on Lake Tobesofkee

The accident happened just before 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

UPDATE (7/24 10 p.m.) –  A Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokesperson provided additional details about a deadly boat crash on Lake Tobesofkee Saturday night.

The spokesperson said a cigarette boat, occupied by two people, collided with a pontoon boat. All seven people on the pontoon were injured, and one person, 22-year-old William Childs, died.

“One other occupant was listed in critical condition,” the spokesperson said. “The occupants of the cigarette boat abandoned their vessel and left the scene, but were located at a nearby residence. The GA DNR Critical Incident Reconstruction Team (CIRT) is investigating the incident.”

DNR Law Enforcement is asking boaters to avoid the area around Sandy Beach Park as the investigation continues.


ORIGINAL STORY:

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – One person is dead and several others injured after a boat crashed into another boat early Saturday morning on Lake Tobesofkee.

It happened just before 2:30 a.m., according to Macon-Bibb Coroner Leon Jones.

Jones said 22-year-old William Childs was pronounced dead at the hospital just after 5 a.m.

“He had a head injury,” Jones said.

Fish N Pig Restaurant posted on its Facebook page that Childs was an assistant manager at the restaurant and that the restaurant will be closed with an expected reopening date of Wednesday, July 28 “if circumstances allow.”

“We will be closed today, Saturday July 24th, due to a tragic boating accident, where our employee’s anchored pontoon boat was struck by a speeding boat, and took the life of our beloved assistant manager, William Childs. The other passengers, also employees, were seriously injured, but all are currently in stable condition. One at the hospital, and the remaining five at home recovering.”

Jones said seven people were on a pontoon boat that was hit by another boat. He said a female is in critical condition but did not know her name.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office confirmed earlier Saturday there was one death in a boating accident but deferred further comment to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Georgia DNR has not yet responded to an emailed request for additional information.

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