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September 24, 2010

One killed, one hurt in boating mishap

â Vermont men thrown overboard during outing on Lake Champlain

CROWN POINT — One man is dead and another seriously injured after a boating accident on Lake Champlain near Crown Point Thursday afternoon.

Officials said one man died of injuries sustained when he was thrown from a bass fishing boat, which then ran over him.

The North Country Lifeflight helicopter was called to transport the boat's other occupant, who was seriously injured, to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

The names of the men, who are Vermont residents, have not yet been released.

The powerboat the men were in went out of control on the lake, throwing them overboard at about 3 p.m.

Essex County Emergency Services Director Donald Jaquish said the men were pulled from the lake by occupants of other fishing boats.

"Their boat went into a hard turn, threw them out and ran over them. They were picked up by fishermen and taken to Monitor Bay. Crown Point Fire Department ambulance took them from there to Moses-Ludington Hospital."

The Town of Crown Point operates a public campground and docks at Monitor Bay.

State Police were at Monitor Bay when the men were brought in and are investigating. The Port Henry Fire Department rescue boat, Ticonderoga Fire Department, Essex County Sheriff's Department and U.S. Coast Guard were also called to render assistance.

One of the other anglers used a marine radio to call the Coast Guard on an emergency channel after the accident occurred.

E-mail Lohr McKinstry at: lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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