Sunday, August 29, 2010

Authorities Investigate Boat Crash That Injured Three Near Oswego Harbor

Three people were injured Saturday after their recreational boat crashed into the Oswego breakwater so hard it couldn't be pulled to shore, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The three people suffered non-life-threatening injuries after the 7 p.m. crash Saturday near the Oswego Lighthouse. They were taken to Oswego Hospital, one with a broken arm, said Coast Guard Senior Chief Joe Orlando. Authorities believe alcohol may have played a role in the crash, Orlando said. The boaters' names were not released Sunday. Oswego police and county sheriff's deputies are also investigating the crash. Boaters returning to shore reported hearing screaming near the breakwater about 7 p.m., said Coast Guard Senior Chief Joe Orlando.The Coast Guard launched its boat and found the occupants of the damaged 23-foot recreational boat walking along the breakwater, Orlando said. The cuddy cabin-style boat was likely going at a high rate of speed when it hit the wall, he said, citing the heavy damage. The Coast Guard and Oswego fire department attempted to pull the boat to shore Saturday, but it sunk about 20 feet from the pier at Wright's Landing marina, Orlando said. A couple feet of the boat remained above water after it hit bottom. A warning was sent to boaters about the sunken vessel. The boat is expected to be resurfaced Monday, Orlando said.

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