Child killed, woman presumed dead in boating accident

The (Lexington) DispatchMay 25, 2013 

A child was killed and a pregnant woman is missing and presumed drowned in a boat crash Saturday on High Rock Lake in Davidson County.

A power boat struck a pontoon boat head-on, rescue crews said. Four people, including the woman, the child and an adult who suffered life-threatening injuries were on the pontoon boat, according to Sgt. Anthony Sharum of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. The driver of the pontoon boat suffered minor injuries.

Sharum told The Dispatch the accident occurred as the two boats were traveling on Swearing Creek on High Rock Lake. He said the pontoon boat was traveling downstream at a slow speed. The power boat, he said, was traveling upstream at a speed in excess of 25 mph prior to impact.

Sharum said the operator of the power boat told officers he looked up and the pontoon boat was directly in his path. The sergeant said the boat collided with the pontoon boat and sort of jumped its front side. Four feet of the pontoon deck was taken off in the accident, Sharum said.

Divers continued late Saturday afternoon to search for the woman. All of the other occupants of the boat were transported to local hospitals, and at least one of them was transported by AirCare. The four occupants of the power boat were not injured.

Sharum identified the child as a boy under the age of 4. It was unclear whether the occupants of the pontoon boat were family members. The names of those involved also were not available late Saturday afternoon.

The wildlife resources officer said the crash was being investigated, and no one had yet been charged. Alcohol was not a contributing factor, Sharum said.

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