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Police: 4 injured in N.H. boat crash

A Massachusetts man was charged with boating while intoxicated following a two-boat collision on Lake Winnipesaukee in Gilford on Friday night that left five people injured, according to Marine Patrol.

The details of the crash, which remains under investigation, were not available yesterday. But both boats, one carrying three people from Massachusetts, the other carrying two Gilford residents, sustained severe damage, according to Marine Patrol, which responded to the crash off Governor’s Island in Gilford about 10:25 p.m. Friday.

The injuries ranged from a fractured arm to possible internal injuries, according to Marine Patrol. Four of the five people with injuries were transported to Lakes Region General Hospital for treatment.

The fifth person, Barry Myers, 50, of Dracut, Mass., refused treatment. He was operating a 21-foot Chaparral powerboat and was charged with boating while intoxicated, according to Marine Patrol.

Myers’ two passengers, Chris Dortona, 49, of Revere, Mass., and Lawrence Edwards, 49, of Georgetown, Mass., were transported to the hospital with injuries, according to Marine Patrol.

Brenda Stowe, 50, of Gilford was operating the second boat, a 26-foot Formula powerboat. She and her passenger, 52-year-old Steven Bauer of Gilford, were also transported to the hospital with injuries, according to Marine Patrol.

Gilford and Laconia fire departments also responded to the scene.

Annmarie Timmins

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