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Victims identified in deadly boating accident in Wayne County


One man is dead and two others were injured in a boating accident in Wayne County Thursday afternoon.

The victim has been identified as Clarence H. Knight, 75, from Broxton, Ga. When the boats collided, Knight was thrown into the water, according to Wayne County Sheriff John Carter. However, an autopsy is being conducted to determine if the exact cause of death was drowning or trauma. He was wearing a life jacket at the time. 

Knight was in the boat with Jack Brantley, 76, and Jesse Brantley, also 76. They were both taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital and the extent of their injuries are still unknown.

Sheriff Carter said William Butler, 75, of Eastman, Ga., was in the boat which collided with the boat carrying Knight and the Brantly's at a sharp bend near Paradise Park Landing, which leads into the Altamaha River. He was not injured.

"There's a blind curve as you go out to the main river through this landing. Apparently the two boats ran together. I don't have any details on how it happened. We’ve accounted for everybody and it's under investigation by the Department of Natural Resources,” Carter said.

All involved own property at Paradise Park fishing area.

The autopsy on Knight will be conducted at the GBI Crime Lab in Savannah.

The DNR continues to investigate. 

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