ONLINE UPDATE: Alcohol involved in boat crash

by Cole Dittmer
Friday, October 5, 2012

Two boats traveling in opposite directions in Banks Channel collided early Friday morning at approximately 2:15 a.m. near the intersection of Banks and Motts channels. 

North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission Officer Fred Gorchess said he was awakened by a call from his dispatcher and headed to the scene of the accident where emergency responders from the United States Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach Police and New Hanover Regional Medical Center were on site examining the scene.  

When Gorchess arrived on the scene he said one of the boats was still afloat and one was submerged underwater and had to be towed in. 

From what the NCWRC has already gathered from the accident, Gorchess said the two boats appeared to collide head-on and that alcohol was involved on both sides of the collision. Both boats were recreational vessels and there were two people on board the Sea-Pro traveling south and at least two people on the Sundance skiff traveling north. 

Everyone on board the two boats were accounted for. The two passengers from the Sea-Pro were taken to NHRMC where they were treated for nonlife threatening injuries, Gorchess said. 

The NCWRC is still investigating this incident, more details to come. 

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