Dawson County man killed on Lake Chatuge boating mishap


HIAWASSEE, Ga. – What should have been a fun day of fishing on Lake Chatuge ended in tragedy Saturday morning (March 16) when a Dawsonville man was killed after two boats collided near the Georgia Mountains Fairground boat ramp.

Danny Duff, 59, of Dawsonville died and an unidentified man in the same boat suffered minor injuries in the collision which occurred at approximately 7:15 a.m. The passenger in Duff’s boat was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. The two men were participating in a bass fishing tournament when the accident happened.

Mark McKinnon of the Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement said Sunday the operator and passenger of the second boat were not injured.

According to Fetch Your News Towns County reporter Robin Webb, Towns County authorities reported the boats involved in the accident were transported to Towns County Fire and Rescue Station 2 in Young Harris.

McKinnon said DNR Law Enforcement Critical Incident Reconstruction Team is investigating and that it would be 6-8 weeks before the investigation is complete.



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