After Boat Crash on Lake Sunapee, NH State Police Remind Boaters to Designate a Sober Operator
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For boat owners in New Hampshire, that first summer weekend that you are able to put your boat in the water must be downright euphoric. But operating your boat while under the influence can cost you big time. At the very least, it will end your boating season early. At the very worst, it could cost you your life or someone else's.
According to a post on the New Hampshire State Police Facebook page, the New Hampshire State Police-Marine Patrol officers, Sunapee Police Department personnel, Sunapee Fire Department, and New London Ambulance personnel responded to a call about a boat crash that was reportedly heard across the lake at Blodgett Landing in Newbury over the weekend.
Upon arrival, officers found a '22 Mastercraft approximately twenty feet on shore, resting on a steep hill in trees and brush.
The post goes on to explain that the operator, Michael Smith, age 19, of Hingham, MA, was arrested and charged with boating while intoxicated.
New Hampshire State Police took this opportunity to remind all boaters to maintain a proper lookout and designate a sober operator whenever out on the public waters. Anyone who witnessed the crash is encouraged to contact New Hampshire State Police-Marine Patrol Sergeant Seth Alie at Seth.P.Alie@dos.nh.gov or (603) 227-2117.