Update: 2 Dead in Boat Crash on the Piscataqua River in Newington

May 6, 2018

The Piscataqua River in Newington, on the border with Maine.
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A boat crash in New Hampshire has left two people dead and two others injured.

State Police Marine Patrol says the accident happened Saturday night on the Piscataqua River when a 59-year-old man operating a 24-foot Boston Whaler struck a buoy in the vicinity of the Eliot boat landing, throwing a female passenger into the water. She was found unconscious in the river and later died, as did another female passenger. The operator and another male passenger were hospitalized.

Marine Patrol identified the boat operator as John Wickman of Eliot, Maine. Police said Laurie Stewart, 56, of Eliot, died, while a 7-year-old girl also died in the accident. A 5-year-old boy was taken to Children's Hospital in Boston for treatment.

Several agencies from Maine and New Hampshire responded to the crash, which remains under investigation.

Authorities are withholding the names of those involved pending notification of next of kin.