1 man dies, 1 hurt as boat capsizes by Boston Light

A piece of the boat was pulled out near Pemberton Pier in Hull. A piece of the boat was pulled out near Pemberton Pier in Hull. (Barry Chin/ Globe Staff)
By Miriam Valverde and Taylor Miles
Globe Correspondents / July 17, 2011

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One man died and another was seriously injured when their speedboat capsized yesterday afternoon near Boston Light, State Police said.

State Police spokesman David Procopio said the two men were ejected from the 27- to 30-foot-long speedboat, which “broke apart and capsized for reasons still under investigation.’’

Early police reports suggested that there had been a three-boat collision. But after further investigation, State Police said there was no indication that boats collided.

There were three boats in the area: the one that capsized, a pleasure craft, possibly containing friends of the victims, and a harbor cruise boat.

Environmental Police Sergeant Robert Akin said the Nora Victoria, a Boston Harbor Cruise ship, assisted at the scene. The cruise ship helped determine the exact location of the boat.

According to Coast Guard Lieutenant Joe Klinker, a person on a nearby boat jumped into the water to help the injured boat operator until officials arrived.

The victims, whom authorities did not identify, were taken separately by an Environmental Police boat and a Coast Guard boat to Pemberton Pier in Hull, Procopio said. One of them was pronounced dead in Hull. The other victim was taken by helicopter to a Boston area hospital.

Klinker said Coast Guard search and rescue controllers in Boston were notified about 6:15 p.m. about a collision in the vicinity of Boston Light. They later confirmed that one boat had flipped on its own.

The boat was not recovered, but part of the bow was towed to shore and taken away by a truck.

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