WILMINGTON RIVER: two pleasure boats crash resulting in three men missing after rescuers rush survivors to a hospital; Coast Guard winches one for a trip to a trauma unit; two died at hospital



SAVANNAH, GA. — Coast Guard and partner agencies rescued five people and assisted in the search for three men, Saturday, May 28, 2022, after two boats collided with a total of nine people aboard in the Wilmington River just north of Thunderbolt Marina.

A vessel travels north in the area of the deadly crash of two speedboats on the Wilmington River on May 28, 2022, that left two dead and three men missing. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Missing is a 37-year-old white male and two early 20-year-old white males, last seen wearing board shorts and no shirts.

A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah helicopter aircrew hoists a man from the Wilmington River in Savannah, Georgia, May. 28, 2022. The man was taken to Memorial Health University Center. (U.S. Coast Guard video courtesy of Air Station Savannah)

A good Samaritan notified Coast Guard Sector Charleston at 10:42 a.m., via VHF-FM channel 16, stating two recreational boats collided and people were in the water. It was reported one vessel had three people aboard and the second vessel had six people aboard. It was also reported four people were taken to the hospital by emergency medical services, and one person is in good condition.

Wilmington-River-just-north-of-Thunderbolt-Marine-THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah aircrew hoisted and transferred one of the nine people from the water and was safely transferred to Memorial Health University Medical Center.

Coast Guard Station Tybee boat crew have established a safety zone while Chatham County and Savannah Fire Department are conducting rescue and dive operations.

Coast Guard and partner agencies involved were:

  • Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew
  • Station Tybee Island 29-foot Response Boat-Small boat crew
  • Chatham County Sheriffs Office Marine
  • Savannah Fire Department

Contact Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center at 843-740-7050 with any information.
The collision is under investigation by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.


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