Possible drowning after canoe tips over on lake at Ft. Gordon family gathering

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UPDATE: There is about 640 acres of coverage. DNR is using side scan sonars, helicopters, and pinpoint marks on a pontoon boat.

Columbia County Fire Chief, Danny Kuhlmann, says they won’t call off the search until 5-7 days after it began. Crews will be out until 11 PM tonight (day 3 of search). The relation of the two men on the canoe are uncle and nephew.

Monday, July 29 UPDATE:

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – Emergency crews are thoroughly searching for Marquez Bey.

Monday, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will have their aviation team in the sky to see if they can spot Marquez from a bird’s eye view.

DNR tells us the water in the lake should be more clear Monday due to less traffic on it.

The search for Marquez Bey is now in day three.

Authorities tell us the possible drowning happened on Saturday when two men, Joshua and Marquez Bey, took out a canoe on Clarks Hill Lake. While they were paddling to the main channel, a boat came by and the wake flipped the canoe with the Joshua and Marquez in it. Joshua came back up from underwater but he did not find Marquez.

A boater nearby was able to rescue Joshua but no signs of Marquez.


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

A dive team responded to a possible drowning at Clarks Hill lake near a Ft. Gordon campground July 27. The crew is now in the process of recovering a man who went out of the water earlier with another man.

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office officials report the two men were attending a family gathering. People in the family said the two took a canoe and paddled out into the main channel of the lake.

45-year-old Joshua Bey, Jr, and 23-year-old Marquez Bey were on the canoe when another boat came by and the wake tipped it over. Joshua Bey said when he came up, he could not find Marquez. Another boater, Evin Soto of Lincolnton, saw Joshua Bey in the water and fished him out. Soto was told Marquez was still under, so he called 911 and his passengers began diving in to rescue the missing man. Soto also marked the location with GPS coordinate to provide that information to emergency personnel.

When authorities arrived, Marquez had been in the water for about 40 minutes, according to Soto. The dive team is still on the scene trying to recover Marquez.

Authorities report neither man was wearing a life vest, but they had them on the boat.

Count on NewsChannel 6 to keep you updated on this developing story.

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