Man killed after 2 boats collide on Lake Tobesofkee

A 49-year-old man was killed Wednesday evening when two boats collided on Lake Tobesofkee in Middle Georgia, authorities said.

Bibb County deputies responded to Claystone Park about 10:30 p.m. after receiving calls about a drowning, the sheriff’s office said on its Facebook page.

According to witnesses, two boats carrying two passengers each collided in the dark. The impact of the collision sent 49-year-old Christopher Robert King overboard.

“King was found and removed from the water by witnesses that helped both boaters,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release. He was taken to Coliseum Northside Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

MEDIA RELEASE: Drowning Incident at Claystone Park The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a drowning...

Posted by Bibb County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, July 2, 2020

It wasn’t immediately clear Thursday whether anyone else was injured in the crash.

The fatal wreck marks the second time in less than two weeks someone has died on Lake Tobesofkee. The body of a 32-year-old Warner Robins man was pulled from the water on June 21 after he went missing a day earlier, previously reported.

RELATED: Body recovered after search for drowning victim at Lake Tobesofkee

Deputies said Samuel Williams was with his family in the swimming area when he fell off his inner tube and went underwater. Williams did not know how to swim, and nobody around was able to save him. His body was recovered the following morning.

Wednesday’s incident remains under investigation, and anyone with information is asked to contact Bibb County deputies at 478-751-7500.

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