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Friday, July 12, 2013
There were two reported accidents involving boats, and four people were charged with boating under the influence over the long holiday weekend, according to conservation police officer Sgt. Bryan Young of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries .
On July 4, about 11:50 p.m., a runabout struck the shoreline near B-28, propelling the boat 42 feet onto the peninsula’s shore. The boat sustained significant damage when it landed in a homeowner’s back yard. There were no injuries, and the operator was charged with reckless operation of a motorboat.
Young said an accident on the lake was reported about 10:40 p.m. on July 3 near Bull Run. A deck boat operator struck a floating dock, causing significant damage to the dock and two personal watercraft. The operator fled the scene and returned to his residence, Young said . Law enforcement received the call and eventually located the operator and his boat.
He was charged with boating under the influence, hit-and-run and failing to report a boating incident.
A passenger sustained minor injuries.
Young said the department estimated that about 2,500 boats were on the water near Parkway Marina on Saturday to view the fireworks display.
Boat operators were asked to observe a no-wake zone when going to and coming from the marina.
State police reported no vehicle fatalities over the holiday weekend.
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