Police: Three hurt as powerboat hits rowboat in Eagle Bay

This Lund aluminum rowboat, with motor, was run over by a powerboat Sunday on Fourth Lake, injuring its two occupants, according to the Town of Webb Police Department. (Provided photo — Town of Webb Police Department)

EAGLE BAY — Police say a powerboat driver sent two people to the hospital when he ran over their rowboat Sunday in the southwest Adirondacks.

The Town of Webb Police Department reported in a press release that at 2:36 p.m. it was informed by multiple 911 calls that a powerboat had run over a small rowboat on Fourth Lake.

Police identified the injured people as Richard Barry, 71, of Manlius, in one boat, and David Manchester, 74, and Jeanne Tommell, 64, both of Eagle Bay, in the other boat.

Police said Manchester was sent to St. Elizabeth hospital in Utica for multiple cuts, and Tommell was sent to the same hospital for broken ribs and internal injuries.

Police allege that Barry had been driving a 2016 Cobalt toward the shore when he failed to maintain an adequate lookout and ran over Manchester and Tommell, who were in a 1972 Lund aluminum rowboat with a motor on the back.

The rowboat, owned by Tommell, was totaled and partially submerged, according to police.

Barry was given a court appearance ticket and charged with reckless operation, a misdemeanor, and operation over 5 miles per hour within 100 feet of a moored or slow vessel.


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