LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WFXG) - A mother and daughter from Augusta were killed in a boating accident Saturday night in Lauderdale County, Alabama,. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) said it happened near the mouth of Shoal Creek on Lake Wilson, just before 11 p.m.
ALEA Sgt. Chad Pate told FOX 54 two boats were involved in the crash. Four people were aboard one boat, five people were on the other.
Lauren Cowart, 37, and her 5-year-old child Blakely were pronounced dead at the scene. Ross Wooten III, a 33-year-old man from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, sustained serious injuries in the incident, as well. He was taken to a hospital in Huntsville, Alabama and treated for his injuries. At this time there is no additional information on his condition.
Right now, ALEA hasn’t released how the crash happened. The agency said the incident is under investigation.
According to a social media posts, Cowart worked at Wier / Stewart, which is a local marketing and advertising company located in downtown Augusta. The company posted statements of condolences Monday morning on their social media sites.
“We are heartbroken at the loss of Lauren and Blakely. Thank you to everyone who has reached out in prayer and support, we need it. please continue to pray for Lauren and Blakely’s family and the many people their lives touched,” the statement reads.
FOX 54 reached out to Weir / Stewart. They responded with a statement Monday afternoon.
The daughter, Blakely, attended Richmond County Schools. The school system released a statement.
“The Richmond County School System extends its heartfelt condolences for the loss of Blakely Cowart, a Pre-K student at Lake Forest Hills Elementary, and her mother, Lauren. We are all deeply saddened by this tragic event. As the school community processes the tragic news and copes with grief, we will offer resources and services to support all of our students and staff.”