Kentuckians die in Georgia boating accident

Four Kentuckians died Friday when the boat in which they were riding flipped on Lake Lanier in northern Georgia.

The bodies of two women, Melissa Renee McMahan, 45, of Mount Washington, and Tammy Reece, 44, of Columbia, were recovered after an overnight search using sonar.

The search for two men, Arthur Gene McMahan, Jr., 46, of Mount Washington, and Anthony Reece, Jr., 44, of Columbia, was ongoing as of Saturday night, according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation.

Witnesses said the boat overturned while it was traveling southbound near Cocktail Cove Friday afternoon.

An official with the Department of Natural Resources said the boaters were in town for the Pirates of Lanier Poker Run charity event on the 38,000-acre lake Saturday.

The two couples were riding on a 38-foot catamaran, according to the website

Campbellsville radio station WCKQ-FM reported that Reece was the owner of Anthony’s Auto Sales in Cain Valley.