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Boat crash in Tuftonboro investigated

TUFTONBORO – One person is hospitalized and five others slightly injured after a boat struck Chip Island about 12:30 a.m. Monday.

A powerboat operated by Michael Peterson, 18, of Londonderry struck the island while he was transporting six passengers to Cow Island, according to New Hampshire State Police, Marine Patrol.

One passenger was taken to Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro and later transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. That individual’s condition and extent of injuries are unknown at this time, according to a news release issued by state police.

The remaining five passengers were treated at the scene.

The boat “sustained disabling damage” although it did not post an environmental threat. As a precaution the state Department of Environmental Services was made aware of its location and condition.

The registered owner, whose name was not listed in the news release, is making arrangements for its removal.

At the time of the crash, visibility was limited because of rain and fog. Alcohol was not a factor, according to investigators.

The cause of the collision remains under investigation. Responding to the incident were Tuftonboro police and fire, Wolfeboro fire and state police.

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