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Alcohol Could have been Factor in Boating Accident that Injured 4

DEM spokeswoman Gail Mastrati said officials are still exploring whether alcohol played a deciding role in the crash and if charges will be filed against one or more people on the boat that night.

Alcohol could have been a factor in the boating accident June 22 during which Portsmouth Firefighters likely saved the life of a man who was ejected into the water and rescued three others on board who suffered serious injuries.

The state Department of Environmental Management continues to investigate the incident, though no details have been released.

DEM spokeswoman Gail Mastrati said officials are still exploring whether alcohol played a deciding role in the crash and if charges will be filed against one or more people on the boat that night.

Portsmouth Police officers reportedly could smell alcohol on the breath of the boat’s owner and another man on the boat, each of whom told police the other was behind the wheel.

The accident, which caused significant damage to a 26-foot Bluefin and was heard by a man fishing nearby who said he heard a loud crash and a man screaming for help, easily could have been a tragedy since Portsmouth firefighters happened to be nearby and returning to Portsmouth after assisting in an earlier search for a Warwick boater who had gone missing and was subsequently found dead.

The boat's owner, identified as Michael I. Biszko, 30, of Westport, Mass., told police he was heading back to Tiverton after time at Blu in East Greenwich and that he was using GPS and radar on his vessel when he hit something. He said he was not familiar with the area and immediately called the Coast Guard after the crash.


Matilda June 26, 2014 at 06:47 PM
My husband was out there fishing with my step son. They heard it and went to the site of the crash as fast as they could to see if they could help. He said it sounded like a stick of dynamite went off. The sad part is that the boat next to him heard it and didn't want to be bothered to go and try to help.
Jane Wolk Wheeler June 27, 2014 at 06:20 PM
Point taken Andrea however you weren't there either. Two drinks at the most? 2 drinks can contain quite a bit of alcohol depending upon what they are. There are beers with 11% alcohol. And why wouldn't the person who was driving just say he was driving? What reason would there be for 2 adults to say the other was behind the wheel? Yes we will see when the investigation is finished. Although this has nothing to do with the boating accident I feel I must address it. Why do you doubt I've never driven after a drink at dinner? That tells me something about you. If you find it that difficult to believe that another person wouldn't drive after a drink, it leads me to believe that you would. If I am the driver I do not have an alcoholic beverage, period. It's the responsible thing to do.

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