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Troopers investigating fatal boating crash on Wilson Lake

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Marine Patrol Troopers are investigating a boat crash that killed two people.

Posted: Jun 9, 2019 9:53 AM
Updated: Jun 9, 2019 6:03 PM

UPDATE (4:47 p.m.):

The Lauderdale County Coroner has identified the fatal victims in the boat crash as Lauren Elizabeth Cowart, 37, and Blakely Elizabeth Cowart, 5. Both women are from from Augusta, Georgia. 

The Lauderdale County Coroner is withholding the names of the people who died in the boat crash until after family is notified. The Lauderdale County Coroner is withholding the names of the people who died in the boat crash until after family is notified.

The Alabama Marine Patrol confirmed that the Cowarts were mother and daughter.

The coroner said their bodies were taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville for autopsy.

Marine Patrol Sgt. Chad Pate said in a statment that Ross Wooten III, of Muscle Shoals, 33, had serious injuries. He said "all other persons involved were uninjured."

The boat collision remains under investigation.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Two people died and another was critically injured following a late night boating accident on Wilson Lake in Florence. 

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Marine Patrol Troopers said around 10:40 p.m. Saturday night, a large cabin cruiser collided with a smaller bass boat. 

According to Lauderdale County Coroner Butch Tucker, both of the people who died as well as the person who was injured were on the bass boat. 

The injured man, a Florence resident, was taken to Huntsville Hospital in critical condition. Tucker said he is expected to survive. 

Tucker added the that names of the deceased have not been released yet pending notification of family.

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