Two Boats Crash in New Hampshire Leaving 2 Dead and 1 Injured, Victim's Body Found in Submerged Vessel

A tragic boating accident that took place in New Hampshire over the weekend has resulted in two deaths and one serious injury, law enforcement says.

The New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol said its officers were notified about the incident on Saturday evening just after 6 p.m. It took place close to Bear Island on Lake Winnipesaukee, with the initial report suggesting that a single vessel had struck bottom, WMUR reported.

Investigators determined there was more to the case, finding evidence that more than one boat had been involved in the crash.

Police said officers responded to the scene and found a 20-foot Sea Ray vessel that was adrift just north of the Bear Island, which is the second largest piece of land in the Lake Winnipesaukee region.

Onboard, they found a woman suffering from head injuries. She was transported to a hospital in a condition that was described as "serious but non-life threatening." A man, who is believed to have been the operator of the boat, was pronounced dead at the scene, police confirmed.

Investigators said evidence in the area indicated there was another boat involved in the crash and a search team was quickly established to scour the location, WBTS reported.

Police said officers received a report about a missing boater from Bear Island, while evidence from the area appeared to be from the missing person's vessel.

"We had some debris that was located, and as a result of that, we were able to match that up with a boat that was reported missing, also from the Bear Island area," Sgt. Joshua Dirth, of the New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol, told WMUR, describing the preliminary findings.

Grid searches were performed using "specialized equipment" while a helicopter crew and divers were also brought in to assist. A short time later, officials made the grim discovery of a second vessel that was in approximately 48 feet of water. A dead male was in the submerged boat.

"Through the initial evidence obtained at the scene and a witness account, it is believed that the two vessels collided with one another while underway; however, all facts and circumstances surrounding the incident are still under investigation," the police Marine Patrol said, adding: "The names of those involved are being withheld at this time pending notification of next of kin."

All of the victims are believed to be Bear Island residents, WMUR reported.

In its statement, the New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol unit has requested anyone who may have witnessed the boating incident or may have heard anything on the water in the area of Bear, Pine or Three Mile Islands, to contact Sergeant Dave Ouellette via 603-227-2111.

File photo: Sailboat wrecked and stranded on the beach. A boating accident that took place in New Hampshire over the weekend has resulted in two deaths and one serious injury. iStock