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Georgia father, son killed in accident off Sunset Beach

Posted May 27, 2016

WRAL Breaking News

— A father and son from Georgia died Friday afternoon and the mother and daughter from the same family were injured off the coast of Sunset Beach where they were riding personal watercraft, a town spokeswoman said.

John Wernowsky, 51, of Acworth, Ga., was driving the watercraft with his son, Jake, 10, as a passenger, when he hit the pier at the Sunset Beach Wildlife Resource Commission Boat Ramp.

The mother and daughter were following on a separate craft and suffered minor injuries.

Officials on the scene said the incident happened at the Wildlife Resource Commission Boat Ramp. The pier will be closed until further notice.

The identities of the family or other information were not immediately available.


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  • RB Redmond May 27, 2016
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    I'm so sorry. Sincere condolences.

  • Janet Ghumri May 27, 2016
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    Horrible, just horrible. Prayers for the family

  • Roger Clements May 27, 2016
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    My thoughts and prayers are with this family. Just think of the emotional trauma the mother and daughter went through. May God bless them.