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Police investigate boat crash on Priest Lake

Thu., July 5, 2012, 4:12 p.m.

The Bonner County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Wednesday night boating accident on Priest Lake that left three people in need of medical attention.

Around 11:30 p.m. an 18-foot ski boat T-boned a 32-foot Maxum that was anchored in Luby Bay, said Lt. Ed Jochum with the Sheriff’s Office.

“Obviously, they’re going to need lots of repairs,” Jochum said.

Neither of the boats sunk but the people onboard needed help to get to shore.

All seven of the people on the boats are from Washington. Medical responders airlifted one person to Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene. The other two injured boaters were taken to Newport Hospital.

All the injured people left the hospitals after receiving treatment. The Sheriff’s Office has not released their identities.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation and Jochum was not sure about how fast the smaller boat was moving when it hit the Maxum.

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