Ga. bass boat crash kills 2

Friday, June 8, 2012 8:11 AM
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Two of three fishermen in a southbound bass boat were killed Wednesday when they hit a tree two feet off the water on the Chattahoochee River’s Alabama bank, the impact ejecting them into the river, investigators said.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that authorities identified the dead as Dennis Harris, 60, and Henry Price, 72, both of Omaha, Ga. The third man, Frank Bowman, 57, also of Omaha, survived the mishap, swimming back to the Alabama riverbank and trying to find help, officers said.

Officers with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said the wreck happened around 4 p.m. Wednesday 10 miles north of Florence Marina State Park, which is in Georgia’s Stewart County. They said the boat failed to negotiate a bend in the river, plowing through the shallows onto the bank, apparently at high speed.

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No_Longer_Amazed 06/08/12 - 08:32 am
Old enough to know better!

The boat was going "apparently at high speed" "when they hit a tree two feet off the water." While I have sympathy for the men in this story, they were all old enough to know better!

Jane18 06/08/12 - 08:55 am
Disrespectful Bass Fishermen

I hate to say this, and I am very sorry for the men in the article, but I have found that bass fishermen, especially in a tournament, are some of the most disrespectful people on the water. It almost seems as if they think all water rights are theirs. I will not go on the lake(Clarks Hill, Thurmond-whatever you want to call it)if there is a tournament going on, and if one is going that we do not know about, my husband and I know where the good places are, and the bass people do not!I really hope some bass fisherman reads this and passes it along..........

rmwhitley 06/08/12 - 09:27 am

recognizes no age.

gunfish5 06/08/12 - 12:17 pm
Jane18, I tournament fish

Jane18, I tournament fish every weekend. Yes some of the fisherman are disrespectful but pleasure boaters are just the same. No excuses for either side.

Mr. Thackeray
Mr. Thackeray 06/08/12 - 03:00 pm
Negotiating river bends is

Negotiating river bends is very difficult at a high speed. I have bass fished all over the country and only two things scare me, running a narrow river and barge boat wakes. My bet is they did nothing wrong save miss a hard turn in the river.

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