Hindu celebration: 2 dead, 1 missing off US coastal island

AP News
Posted: Sep 28, 2015 5:58 PM

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say two people have died and a third is missing after worshippers became stranded in waters off a Georgia coastal island during a Hindu religious celebration.

Tybee Island Police Chief Bob Bryson said dozens of people were celebrating the birthday of a Hindu god when they became stuck Sunday between shore and a sandbar off the island during the onset of high tide.

The Savannah Morning News (http://bit.ly/1Wudm3N ) reports that rescuers pulled five people from the water and rushed four of them to the hospital. Fire Chief Ashley Fields said two of the victims died.

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Authorities were still searching Monday for a missing man in waters off Tybee Island, on Georgia's Atlantic coast. The names of the victims were not immediately released.


Information from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com