UPDATE: Victim ID’d in fatal boating crash on Lake Harding
LEE COUNTY, Ala. (WTVM) - One man is dead following a fatal boating crash on Lake Harding in Lee County this morning.
According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, 58-year-old Walter Mitchell of Valley, Alabama was killed instantly from multiple blunt force impact injuries when the fishing boat he was operating collided with another fishing boat in Halawakee Creek near a property on Lee Road 907 at around 6:20 am.
Mitchell was operating an aluminum jon boat and traveling East on the lake near the bank and as he rounded a point was met by the other boat, a large fiberglass bass boat. They collided almost head on.
The operator of the other boat involved was not injured.
Both operators had on life vests and Mitchell’s body was recovered immediately upon arrival by rescue personnel. According to officials, alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
The accident remains under investigation by The Alabama Marine Patrol and the Lee County Coroner.
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