Runaway boat operator arrested after Lake Winnipesaukee incident

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GILFORD –– The operator of the runaway boat involved in a serious incident on Lake Winnipesaukee in July has been arrested, according to a news release from the New Hampshire State.

Craig F. Devlin, 50, of Colebrook, was arrested on Sept. 16, 2023, and charged with Careless and Negligent Operation of a Boat and Conduct after an Accident.

The initial incident occurred on July 19, when an E911 call reported a person in the water near Round Island, yelling for help while a boat circled in the area. Marine Patrol officers responding to the call found a boating crash with two victims in the water.

After rescuing the victims, the officers attempted to stop the uncontrolled boat, which was still running erratically on the lake.

Despite their efforts, the runaway boat struck the patrol boat, causing it to capsize and temporarily pinning the officers underwater.

Good Samaritans assisted in rescuing the officers and stopping the runaway boat. Both victims of the initial crash and the two officers were taken to Concord Hospital – Laconia for evaluation.

The victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and the officers were not injured.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Lieutenant Dennis Wade at (603) 846-3333.

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