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

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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.

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.

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