Body of second missing boater found in Columbia County


COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – According to Georgia DNR, investigators discovered the body of Thomas Allgood on Monday.

It was a day similar to the last three, Columbia County Emergency Crews staged on shore and circling Keg Creek, searching for the body of Thomas Allgood. But today, with a little technology, they recovered Allgood.

“We were close enough today to be in the right location,” says Captain Stan Elrod.

George Ashmore was the other man who drowned with Allgood. His body was found Saturday. Gene Williams called Ashmore “Kip” and says he’s seen both men at various bass fishing tournaments, but saw Ashmore many more times.

“He was a nice guy,” says Williams. “I couldn’t say anything bad about him. He was a great fisherman you know.”

Williams says Ashmore loved hitting the water.

“He was in all the tournaments up here. And I’d say I knew him… 8, 9, 10 years fishing out here on the lake,” says Williams.

Monday, DNR and Columbia County Emergency Crews broke out technology and divers. They used a sector scan that can take pictures at 360 degrees for 120 feet, all with the hope of finally finding Allgood.

Around 2 p.m. Monday afternoon, Allgood’s body was found by tracking his boat’s GPS.

Williams says while he didn’t know Allgood as well as Ashmore, he knows how dangerous these waters can be.

“Boaters should know to wear a life jacket at all times,” says Williams.

And DNR agrees. They believe the two men were not wearing life jackets when they crashed.

The coroner says Ashmore suffered blunt force trauma to the head in the wreck, and it is believed he was unconscious when he drowned.

Allgood’s body will be taken to the GBI crime lab on Tuesday.

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – The search continues for a missing boater in Columbia County.

65-year-old Thomas Allgood went missing Friday after witnesses say his boat collided with another one at Thurmond Lake.

On Saturday the dive team recovered the body of 51-year-old George Ashmore.

Today the search continues for Allgood.

Right now, there are several emergency boats out on the water at Keg Creek near Wildwood.

They are using divers as well as sonar devices in the water to locate who they believe to be Thomas Allgood.

Crews are also using a sector scan that looks like a Tripod and can take a picture at 360 degrees at about 120 feet out.

Right now, it’s a tough search because crews have a lot of ground to cover.

The Columbia County Emergency Management mobile command center is also here, mapping out possible locations.

We spoke with those who know Thomas Allgood off camera and they are understandably shaken up and heartbroken.

DNR and Columbia County crews plan to be out here all day and so will we.

Count on NewsChannel 6 to keep you updated.

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