Five injured late Friday in Lake Winnipesaukee boat collision

A Dracut man was charged with operating a boat while intoxicated after two boats collided on Lake Winnipesaukee late Friday night, injuring several people, authorities said.

At 10:24 p.m., the New Hampshire State Police’s Marine Patrol responded to the two-boat crash in Wentworth cove, where officers administered first aid until Gilford and Laconia fire boats arrived, according to a statement issued by Marine Patrol officials.

Four people were taken to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia for injuries ranging from a fractured arm to potential internal injuries, the statement said. Barry K. Myers, 50, of Dracut, refused treatment and was later arrested and charged with boating while intoxicated.

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Both boats were severely damaged in the collision, according to the statement. The Marine Patrol’s technical boating accident reconstruction team is continuing the investigation.