A Georgia man is dead, and his wife in the hospital, following a Friday afternoon boating mishap in the Little St. Marks River.

According to Bekah Nelson, a spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Ronnie Lewis, 69, of Douglas, Georgia, was operating a 24-foot Pathfinder shortly before 4:30 p.m., traveling north on the river.

She said the vessel struck a tree on the eastern shoreline, which caused both Lewis and his wife, Janice, 51, to be ejected from the vessel.

Nelson said Ronnie Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene by Franklin County EMS, and Janice Lewis was transported by helicopter to Bay Medical Sacred Heart in Panama City, where she is recovering from serious injuries.

Nelson said the investigation is ongoing.