Personal watercraft drives up and into NH man's powerboat, sending 5 to hospital
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KINGSTON—The investigation continues into a weekend wreck where five people were taken to the hospital after a personal watercraft landed inside of a boat on Kingston.
New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol reported that James Butler, 43, of Kingston was operating a Stingray powerboat on Great Pond with two adults and five children on board. Marine Patrol says Christopher Files, 33, of Haverhill, Mass., drove up and into the boat when Butler slowed to "headway speed."
The incident is still under investigation. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor according to the preliminary investigation. The boat was significantly damaged.
Headway speed is defined as 6 mph or the slowest speed necessary to enable the ability of the operator to steer. Law requires boaters to remain 150 feet from other boaters, swim platforms, permitted swimming areas, moorings and docks.
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