Georgia Memorial Day weekend boat crash leaves five dead

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Five people are now confirmed dead following a collision between two boats Saturday on the Wilmington River in eastern Georgia

Searchers recovered three more bodies in water that was about 14-feet deep on Sunday morning, a spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources told the Savannah Morning News. 

Two people were previously pronounced dead on Saturday. 

A Coast Guard helicopter assisted in a rescue operation on the Wilmington River in Georgia on Saturday following a fatal boat crash. 

A Coast Guard helicopter assisted in a rescue operation on the Wilmington River in Georgia on Saturday following a fatal boat crash.  (U.S. Coast Guard)

The recreational boats, one with three people and one with six people, collided around 10:40 a.m. near the Thunderbolt Marina, about three miles southeast of Savannah. 

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A Coast Guard Sector Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew responded to the scene and helped rescue four people. One of them was listed in good condition on Saturday. 

A video shows a man with an injured leg being hoisted out of the water by the Coast Guard helicopter

The Coast Guard released a video of a man with an injured leg being rescued from the water.  

The Coast Guard released a video of a man with an injured leg being rescued from the water.   (U.S. Coast Guard)

The Chatham County Sheriffs Office, Savannah Fire Department, and a Coast Guard boat crew also responded to the scene. 

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It’s the second fatal boat crash on the Wilmington river this month after a local businessman was killed May 5, when a boat that he was on struck an unlit channel marker and an object hit him in the head. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.