Posted: Tuesday, August 28th 2012 at 10:08am
Details released in fatal boat collision
By Rob Moore Editor
LAKEMONT – Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials have released preliminary details of Saturday’s fatal boat collision on Seed Lake.
According to the incident report filed by Ranger 1st Class Chad Chambers, the collision happened at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 25.
One boat was occupied by Richard Lee Boyle of Woodstock. The other was operated by Kenneth Ray Mann, 69, of Mt. Airy.
“According to witness statements, Mr. Boyle’s boat was occupied by him and his wife and was traveling south on Seed Lake approaching the boat ramp area,” the report states. “Mr. Mann’s boat was traveling north coming from the boat ramp and was occupied by him and his granddaughter.”
“As the two boats approached each other, the witnesses stated that there seem to be confusion between the two operators as to which side they were going to pass on,” the report states. “Both boats continued on without decreasing speeds and just before contact they pointed their bows toward the same shoreline and struck. The left side of Mr. Mann’s boat contacted the right side of Mr. Boyle’s boat, causing damage to both boats.”
“Mr. Mann’s boat continued on until it struck the shore and came to rest,” the report states. “Mr. Mann’s boat was severely damaged on the left stern from the impact with the other boat, and on the left bow from the impact with the shore. Mr. Boyle’s boat was damaged slightly on the front toward the bow and was punctured below the waterline toward the right stern. This caused the boat to begin to take on water.”
Boyle’s boat and its occupants were assisted to shore by a passerby.
Witnesses to the collision responded to Mann’s granddaughter’s calls for help. They towed Mann’s boat to the ramp and called 9-1-1.
Mann was taken by ambulance to Habersham Medical Center, where he died a short time after arrival.
Mann’s granddaughter suffered lacerations to her lower back, while Boyle received a scratch on his right elbow. Boyle’s wife received a bruised knee, the report states.
Funeral services for Mann will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Clarkesville Church of God. Burial with full military honors will follow. McGahee-Griffin and Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, is handling those arrangements.
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