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Deadly weekend on lakes, rivers a tragic reminder to take water safety seriously

Twin 6-year-old boys went missing in the Chickasawhay River in Greene County, Mississippi. The body of one boy was found late Sunday night. The other was recovered early Monday morning. Twin 6-year-old boys went missing in the Chickasawhay River in Greene County, Mississippi. The body of one boy was found late Sunday night. The other was recovered early Monday morning.

(WMC-TV) - After a deadly weekend on rivers and lakes around the region, people looking to spend their Fourth of July holiday on the water are urged to use the tragic accidents as a serious safety reminder.

Detectives are investigating exactly what happened on Greers Ferry Lake that led to the drownings of a brother and sister on Saturday. It appears that the girl began struggling in the water. Her brother jumped in to save her but was not able to get back into the boat. The bodies of the brother and sister have not yet been recovered.

In another incident, a man in his 20s drowned on the Current River near the Arkansas-Missouri state line.

Also on Saturday, twin 6-year-old boys went missing in the Chickasawhay River in Greene County, Mississippi. The body of one boy was found late Sunday night. The other was recovered early Monday morning.

And in Tennessee, a 23-year-old drowned at the Morristown Marina near Knoxville and a 21-year-old Clarksville woman died while tubing on the Cumberland River.

The U.S. Coast Guard wants to encourage everyone spending time on the water to wear a life jacket.

Life jackets could have saved 80 percent of people killed as a result of boating accidents in 2012.

Boaters are also urged to take a safety course and not use drugs or alcohol. An estimated 70 percent of boating accidents are blamed on operator error.

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