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For Immediate Release
September 5, 2016
For more information contact:
Officer John Curran

Boating Crash, Winter Harbor – Lake Winnipesaukee

At approximately 12:14 PM on Lake Winnipesaukee in Winter Harbor in the vicinity of the Libby Museum in Wolfeboro two personal watercrafts collided causing injuries to the occupants.

A 2015 SeaDoo was being operated by 23 year old Emma Cotton of Needham, MA with one passenger, 23 year old Dan Surdyka of Amherst, MA. Their watercraft had come to a stop when it was struck by an accompanying 2015 SeaDoo personal watercraft being operated by 25 year old Jacob Cotton of Needham, MA with two passengers onboard.

As Jacob Cotton attempted to pull alongside the other PWC he lost control of his steering striking the other PWC causing a leg injury to Emma Cotton. It is estimated that Jacob Cotton was travelling up to 15 MPH when he impacted the other craft. Emma Cotton was transported by Stewart's Ambulance to Huggin's Hospital in Wolfeboro.

All other parties refused medical treatment.

Marine Patrol reminds all boaters of New Hampshire's Safe Passage law, RSA 270-D:2 VI "General Rules for Vessels Operating on Water"; when any boat is within 150' of a raft, float, swimmer, permitted swimming area, shore, dock, mooring field or another vessel they must not exceed headway speed. Headway speed is defined as six MPH or the slowest speed necessary to maintain steerage.

The accident remains under investigation.

Assisting Agencies: Wolfeboro Police, Wolfeboro Fire Department

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