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2 KY women found dead, their husbands missing after GA boating accident

Published: Jul. 17, 2016 at 2:43 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 17, 2016 at 4:02 AM EDT
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The McMahans and Reeces (Source: Jason Johnson)
The McMahans and Reeces (Source: Jason Johnson)
Melissa and Art McMahan (Source: Facebook)
Melissa and Art McMahan (Source: Facebook)
Anthony and Tammy Reece (Source: Facebook)
Anthony and Tammy Reece (Source: Facebook)

MT WASHINGTON, KY (WAVE) – Two Kentucky women are dead and their husbands are missing after a boating accident near Atlanta, Georgia.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, crew recovered the bodies of Melissa McMahan, 45, of Mount Washington and Tammy Reece, 44 of Columbia.
 
The accident happened during a boating poker run on Lake Lanier on Friday, according to officials. The four were in a boat owned by 46-year-old Art McMahan Jr. went it flipped.
 
Saturday, crews continued their search for Art McMahan and 44-year-old Anthony Reece.

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William Caudill has lived next door to the McMahans for a decade and took the news hard when friends told him what happened.

"I see them every day," Caudill said.  "I lost it. I just couldn't take it."

Caudill knew of the couple's love of motorsports, which is what brought them to the lake for a charity event.

"He loved anything fast, you know. He was a drag racer and speedboats," Caudill said. "Great people. Art has helped out here. He put a water line in for me. Just anything I needed, all I had to do is ask and he'd come over. And Melissa, his wife, sweetest woman in the world."
 
Caudill said he feels for the McMahans' two children and family who are searching for closure as rescue crews continue to look for the two men.

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He says there's a small lining that the couples were doing what they enjoyed most.
 
"That's what I told my wife," Caudill said. "I said, 'He loved to do that, and that's the way he went out.'"

Officials haven't said exactly what caused the crash. Saturday, organizers continued the poker run event but instituted a 60-mile-per hour speed limit on the lake.
 
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