After two boats crashed on a river in Georgia, searchers were able to locate the corpses of three missing boaters, bringing the total number of fatalities to five.

The bodies of two persons were discovered immediately after the incident that occurred on Saturday on Wilmington River near Savannah.

According to a representative of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, who spoke with WTOC-TV, the corpses of the three boaters who were still missing were found early Sunday morning. They were discovered in water that was around 14 feet deep and was located quite near to one another.

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According to a statement released by the United States Coast Guard, one of the boats had a total of six passengers on board while the other only had three. According to the officials, at least 4 victims were sent to local hospitals. The identities of individuals were withheld from the public in the immediate aftermath.

This is the second event this month involving a boat and catastrophic injuries that have occurred on the Wilmington River. On May 5, a local businessman died after his boat collided with an unlit channel marker at the Savannah Yacht Club. Following the collision, the man was hit on the head by an unidentified item, which ultimately led to his death.

The three days long Memorial Day weekend, which began on Saturday, is one of the busiest times of the year for those who like going out on recreational boats.