Kentuckians killed in boating accident in Georgia


LAKE LANIER, Ga. (WKYT) - Rescue divers have recovered the bodies of four Kentuckians who were killed Friday afternoon in a boating accident on Lake Lanier in northern Georgia.

According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Anthony and Tammy Reece, of Columbia, and Arthur and Melissa McMahan, of Mt. Washington, died after their boat overturned near Cocktail Cove.

Friends of the Reece's tell WKYT that Anthony Reece owned Anthony's Auto Shop in Adair County. They also say Anthony Reece was a kind man with a big heart.

On Saturday, a closed sign was posted on the office door at Anthony's Auto Shop.

The Reece's and the McMahan's were in Georgia, boating on Lake Lanier for a charity poker run.

Laura Vickers told our CBS affiliate in Atlanta she saw the couples' boat lose control and she immediately called 9-1-1.

"Shout out to the local boaters there a good 10, 15 boats just you know went towards the boat toward the accident," Vickers said.

Divers recovered the bodies of Melissa McMahan and Tammy Reece overnight. Sunday morning, officials said they had recovered their husbands' bodies as well.

"We had seen maybe two other boats going faster than usual," Vickers said.

The Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Rangers are investigating. Officials said it will take time to determine how fast it was going.

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