Published DateGILFORD — The man who was charged in a boating collision that sent four people to Lakes Region General Hospital Friday night owns a cottage on Anthony Avenue in Alton.
Barry K. Myers, 50, whose primary address is 36 Evelyn Court in Dracut, Mass., is charged with one count of driving while intoxicated after a boat he was piloting collided with a boat being driven by local veterinarian Dr. Brenda Stowe.
A total of four people — two people from each boat — were taken by ambulances from Laconia, Gilford, and Belmont to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia with injuries ranging from a broken arm to possible internal injuries.
A sergeant with the N.H. Marine Patrol — the agency investigating the collision — said none of the injuries appear to have been life threatening. She said both boats were heavily damaged and impounded as evidence.
Stowe was piloting one of the boats that collided about 300 yards off-shore into Lake Winnipesaukee, between Governor's Island and Saunders Bay, about 10:25 p.m. Marine Patrol was able to reach the scene and all five people on the two boats were ashore within an hour.
Rich Homsi lives on Summit Avenue in the last house before the Governor's Island Bridge and said yesterday the fire and police departments used his property for their staging area. He said he wasn't home when the crash occurred but one of his neighbors on Wentworth Cove Road told him it was very loud.
He said he doesn't see a lot of problems in the area near the bridge but noted the crash site was a good way off shore and he estimated it was likely outside the 250-foot no-wake zone.
Gilford Deputy Chief Rick Andrews said there was some initial confusion because the initial call indicated the boats were under the Governor's Island Bridge.
Both Andrews and Homsi said the water was calm and there was a full moon rising but that it wasn't overly bright at the time of the crash.
DWI paperwork for Myers will be filed withing 14 days of the crash in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.
In New Hampshire, a boating while intoxicated conviction carries the same penalties as a driving while intoxicated, including the revocation of a person's drivers license.