Police find body of boat wreck victim

COVINGTON - The body of the victim of a Sunday boating accident at West Point Lake was recovered Tuesday around 4:40 p.m., according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

DNR spokesperson Jennifer Barnes said the drowning victim was William Andrews, 57, of Newnan.

His brother-in-law, Newton County resident Michael Ramburg, 56, remained in a coma, hospitalized at West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange, according to a family spokesman.

The DNR reported erroneously Monday that Ramburg is a Newnan resident; DNR spokesman Rick Lavender confirmed that it is Ramburg who is a Newton County resident - his fishing companion whose body was recovered Tuesday was a Newnan resident. The men were brothers-in-law.

Lavender said the search for Andrews had been ongoing since the accident in murky water containing trees and debris, estimated to be 30 to 40 feet deep.

"They stopped searching about 9 p.m. last night and began again about 8 this morning," Lavender said.

According to Lavender, the two men were in a small boat that sank in what is believed to be a one-boat accident around 7 p.m. Sunday.

"Witnesses who were on the bank and in the water in a boat reported they heard someone crying for help and one witness pulled one of the men out of the water and began administering CPR," Lavender said.

News Editor Aimee Jones and the Associated Press contributed to this story.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.