Search continues for two missing boaters at Clarks Hill Lake, GBI investigating

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LINCOLN COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – UPDATE: GBI confirms involvement following incident at Cherokee Boat Ramp

From GBI Region 7 Special Agent in Charge Pat Morgan:

“GBI has been requested to assist Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office with investigating the boating incident. DNR will be sending a release at some point today.”

More than 24 hours ago law enforcement started looking for two men who fell into the water at Clarks Hill Lake, near Cherokee Boat Ramp. The search transitioned from a rescue to a recovery mission early Monday morning.

We spoke with the mother of one of the men and she just wants her son found and any help that she can get to bring him home.

“Help me, in the name of Jesus, find my son,” Diane Wilson said wanting her son Eynn Wilson found.

“I was at home about 4 o’clock. This girl called me and said Eynn dead. Eynn dead. Oh no,” Wilson told us in disbelief, knowing that no one would say something so serious and not mean it.

She told us her son Eynn was on a boat Sunday with his childhood friend, Edward (EJ) Kirk, when EJ fell into the water. Eynn went in after him.

Georgia DNR Game Warden Cpl. Bobby Timmerman told NewsChannel 6 there were more than just those two men at that time.

“There were two boats altogether, but the two subjects came off of one boat,” he said.

Cpl. Timmerman also reported there are five boats searching. Those boats include two Columbia County Fire and Dive Team boats, two DNR boats and one Columbia County Sheriff’s Office boat. There are also two drones out.

He added the recovery area ranges in depth from 30 to 100 feet of water. Cherokee Boat Ramp remains closed while crews travel in and out with equipment to find the men.

But Wilson, being comforted by a family friend, said she’s concerned the efforts in place may not be enough.

“Search 24 hours if you have to, what can I do? I asked the Lord. Don’t they have the…. drones? Yeah, bring the drones out,” they said.

The family is also calling on the community to help aid in the search or even bring water and food. Wilson said it would be a blessing to find Eynn, who is an Augusta father and Glenn Hills High School Spartan along with his friend EJ, who had children as well.

Cpl. Timmerman added, “Any lake or river like that has got structure that you have to deal with. It’s got current, water depths and then right now with the water temperature. So, everything right now is a variable in terms of how quick you will be able to recover something.”

DNR plans to search until the divers can not dive anymore or until it gets dark.

Photojournalist: Gary Hipps


LINCOLN COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – The Columbia County Fire Rescue dive team is aiding in the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office’s recovery of two missing boaters at Clarks Hill Lake.

Cpl. Bobby Timmerman with Georgia Department of Natural Resources tells WJBF that the search for two boaters is now classified as a recovery mission.

The two are identified as 37-year-old Eynn Wilson and EJ Kirk, according to the DNR.

Georgia DNR tells us there are five boats on the water, including a dive team from Columbia County. Its mobile unit is helping, too, along with sonar.

On Sunday 25, 2021 at 4:57pm Columbia County Fire Rescue dive team was called to help search for missing boaters near the Cherokee Boat Ramp.

The mother of one of Eynn Wilson says her son was with his childhood friend Sunday when that friend fell into the water and he jumped in to get him.

DNR plans to search until the divers cannot dive anymore or until it gets dark.

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