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Boat accident near Portland kills one, injures several others

Ryan Caron King
Connecticut Public
The Connecticut River runs to Long Island Sound.

A boat accident on Sunday on the Connecticut River near Portland, Conn., killed one person and injured seven others.

Sixty-year-old Wayne Hamler of Waterford was pronounced dead at the scene. Several others were taken to the hospital, some with serious injuries.

Authorities say the operator lost control of the jet boat and crashed into the rocky shoreline. Connecticut Environmental Conservation Police are investigating what caused the crash.

In a news release Monday afternoon, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said one adult woman was in critical condition and a 6-year-old child was in stable but serious condition. Two other adults in stable condition were being treated at the hospital. The other three survivors were treated and released. Authorities have not released the names of the survivors.

Officials asked that anyone with information about the incident contact the Environmental Conservation Police Department at 800-842-4357 and refer all information to Conservation Enforcement Officer Megan Erickson, case number “22-10902.O.”