Savannah teacher and son among victims of GA River boating accident
A school community is mourning the loss of a beloved teacher and his son in a boating accident that killed five people in a Georgia river over Memorial Day weekend, multiple media reports.
Four of the five victims belonged to the same family.
Christopher Leffler, 51, and Nathan Leffler, 17, were among those killed when two boats collided on the Wilmington River near Savannah on Saturday May 28, McClatchy News reported, citing the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Christopher Leffler’s wife, Lori Leffler, and their 23-year-old son, Zachary Leffler, also died in the accident, as did Robert Chauncey, 37, who was a passenger on the second boat, officials said.
Christopher Leffler was a teacher and coach at Calvary Day School in Savannah, according to the school’s website. Nathan was a student at the private Christian school.
“We love the Leffler family and our hearts are broken,” school principal Dr. Hunter Chadwick said in a statement, WJCL reported. “I want to thank all the first responders and everyone who continues to pray for the Calvary community and the Leffler family. Everyone who knows them has seen faith in action. Chris, Lori, Zach and Nate were loved by so many and will be sorely missed. »
McClatchy News contacted Calvary Day School on Monday, May 30 and was awaiting a response.
Chris Leffler is remembered as an “outstanding” educator, coach and friend. Nathan was best known for his “infectious smile”, his “calm demeanor” and his love of sports.
“Nothing can prepare you for a tragedy like this, but as a community of believers, we will put our trust and faith in God and find comfort in knowing that our dear friends are home with our Lord and Savior. “, concluded Chadwick.
Authorities were alerted to the fatal crash just after 10:30 a.m. Saturday when someone called to report two boats had collided near Thunderbolt Marina on the Wilmington River, according to the US Coast Guard. The caller reported that several people were thrown overboard.
Two people died at the scene and three more bodies were found in the river on Sunday, May 29, McClatchy News reported, citing authorities.
The Georgia Department of Resources has charged Mark Stegall, 45, with browsing under the influence, WSAV and WSB-TV reported. The accident is still under investigation.
This story was originally published May 30, 2022 8:09 a.m.