UPDATE: Tybee Police released the identities of the three drowning victims. 39-year-old Abhijit Alhat, 41-year-old Rajur Sriram of Pooler, and 36-year old Anup Kshirsagar of Savannah.
UPDATE: Missing drowning victim’s body from Tybee found across the river at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Tybee Island Fire Rescue told News 3 two people are dead, and two others are recovering in Memorial Health Hospital on Monday evening. Rescue crews were out for the majority of the day searching for the final missing man, but they suspended that around 4:30 p.m. Monday afternoon. Search efforts will continue on Tuesday morning according to the Tybee Island Fire Rescue Chief Ashley Fields.
Members of a local Hindu temple tell me people gathered from all over the Georgia and South Carolina area to participate in a religious Hindu celebration on Tybee’s south end on Sunday. Part of the ceremony included going out onto the Back River in boats.
According to our WSAV Storm Team 3 Meteorologists– high tide and strong rip currents may have played a part.
Right now –there is no word on the condition of the two people in the hospital.
Authorities have also not released the name of the victims yet.
We will continue to bring you the latest information on WSAV and wsav.com
TYBEE ISLAND, GA- Officials say at least 5 people drowned or nearly drowned after an incident on Tybee Sunday evening. One person is still missing and the Coast Guard and Tybee Ocean rescue teams are actively searching for them on the south end of the island. Two people were found dead on a sandbar near the Back River. Two others were taken to Memorial Health, though there is no word on their condition.
Tybee Fire Chief Fields said the group was overcome by the current. Officials have not said what the group was doing in the water, but eye witnesses on scene told News 3 a cultural festival known as Ganesh Visarjan was taking place earlier Sunday evening.
The base of operations for the search is Chatham Avenue and Venetian Drive.
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