Officials name victim in fatal Seminole Lake boating accident

Published: Jan. 7, 2014 at 7:33 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 13, 2014 at 7:39 PM EST
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(WALB file photo, Bainbridge boat ramps, 2010)
(WALB file photo, Bainbridge boat ramps, 2010)

LAKE SEMINOLE, GA (WALB) - One of three duck hunters did not survive the capsizing of a boat on Lake Seminole Tuesday afternoon.

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the body was recovered around 5:00 p.m.

17-year old Matthew Jernigan's body was recovered not far from where a boat he and his two classmates were in had an accident near Riverside Acres.

Boats from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources patrolled Lake Seminole in the extreme South west corner of Georgia after the boat accident.

The Sheriff says Jernigan and Pason Trawick and Thomas Vines are students at Southwest Georgia Academy in Damascus.

School was closed Tuesday due to cold weather.

According to the Sheriff, the boys went to retrieve their ducks when the boating accident happened.

Unsure if it capsized sunk or what but he says the boat was underwater when authorities arrived

Trawick and Vines swam to a nearby island and called 911.

Area farmer Brad Thompson used his helicopter to locate the two boys.

They were picked up by boat and taken by ambulance to Donalsonville Hospital There was no word on their conditions or if the two are still there.

Jernigan was last seen floating on a gas tank before his body was recovered.

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