Boat slams into, launches over other boat in Whiteshell crash

The boat that was hit on Nutimik Lake. RCMP Manitoba

An 85-year-old woman was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a boat collision on Nutimik Lake on Wednesday morning.

Lac du Bonnet RCMP said the incident took place around 11:10 a.m. on the lake in the Whiteshell Provincial Park.

A Winnipeg man told police he was fishing with his mother on an anchored boat, when another boat came toward them at high speeds.

The second boat, operated by a 39-year-old man from Elie, Man., with two Winnipeg seniors as passengers, crashed into the first boat at a 90-degree angle and launched over it.

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Police said the 85-year-old — the first man’s mother — was the only person injured in the collision.

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“Operators and occupants of a vessel are reminded that everyone must keep a constant watch to avoid a collision,” said S/Sgt. Robert Chabot, RCMP Inland Water Transport Coordinator.
“Vessel operators who do not keep a proper watch may face criminal charges and/or fines.”
Police said alcohol was not a factor in the collision, and that RCMP, along with marine specialists, continue to investigate.
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