Runaway Boat Knocks Marine Patrol Into Lake Winnipesaukee
🚨 Members of the Marine Patrol responded to a crash around 10:25 p.m.
🚨 The officers were pulled under the boat
🚨 Good Samaritans helped bring a driverless boat under control
Two members of the State Police Marine Patrol Unit were thrown into Lake Winnipesaukee while trying to bring a driverless boat under control.
The patrol responded to a serious boat crash near Round Island in Gilford around 10:25 p.m., pulling two people out of the water and onto their patrol vessel. The officers unsuccessfully tried to get control of the driverless boat by throwing a rope towards the boat in an effort to get it tangled in the propeller.
On the second try, the boat turned towards the patrol craft, hit it on the right side, knocked the officers into the water, and temporarily trapped them under the boat. They were then dragged before making it back to the surface.
Two Good Samaritans jumped into the driverless boat to slow it down, and helped the officers out of the water.
The two people involved in the original crash were taken to Concord Hospital-Laconia for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The officers were also checked over.
Police asked anyone with information about the incident to call 603-846-3333.