Investigation into fatal boating accident could take several months

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WALB) – The official for the Florida student fishing tournament that takes place on the Flint River took to Facebook, saying the life jackets saved a father and son participating in his tournament from being killed .

Another fisherman did not survive. We learned that it was Jason Davis of Bainbridge.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said Davis was driving his boat during the adult tournament when he crashed into the boat carrying the Florida father and son.

Police arrive at the scene by the River Flint in the Boat Basin Park area of ​​Bainbridge.(WALB)

The Davis passenger was taken to hospital. We are working to find out his condition.

We were told that the student tournament father and son had broken bones, but were expected to survive. Investigators are still working to figure out what caused the crash.

DNR Lt. Judd Smith says there are no real laws dictating how many boats can be in the water in a certain area.

Lt. Judd Smith is in charge of special operations at MNR headquarters.  He said exactly...
Lt. Judd Smith is in charge of special operations at MNR headquarters. He said the exact conditions of the crash are unclear at this time.(WALB)

“There are road rules on the lake similar to what is on the highway. You know, where people have to give in under certain conditions and they have to operate in a way that’s not reckless,” Smith said. “We don’t know at this point if any of these rules were even violated or if it was possibly related to something else.”

Lt. Smith says it could take up to several months to complete the investigation, as forensics must now take over and determine the exact cause of Davis’ death. No incident report is available at this time.

Davis will be laid to rest Tuesday morning and an area restaurant is closing in his honor.

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