Boaters took to the waters nationwide on the Independence Day holiday and, unfortunately, some excursions had bad endings.
Besides the globally newsmaking fatal capsize on Long Island Sound, numerous mishaps occurred.
• Six people might have drowned Wednesday night on High Rock Lake in Salisbury, Md., if fellow boaters had not been alert to their plight.
According to Sgt. Anthony Sharum of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, a 45-year-old local man was operating a 15-foot 1971 Glastron powerboat that was “extremely overloaded for the size of the boat,” with five passengers in addition to the skipper.
When a wake swamped the open bow, the passengers rushed to the stern — then they heard a large cracking noise and soon found themselves in the water.
• In Tampa, Fla., the body of a boater thrown from his boat Wednesday evening near the north side of the Gandy Bridge was discovered underwater by a police dive team around midnight .
Police said his 20-foot flats boat had sustained damage but was still afloat nearby. It is suspected that the skipper hit a channel marker and then veered into the seawall sometime after 7 p.m.
• In the Midwest, a 58-year-old man vacationing with his family died when he tried to stop a boat on a trailer rolling free from his vehicle. He was pinned beneath the trailer, according to authorities.