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Trouble on the water, and ashore

APRIL 25 — A Colorado man had an unlucky night last Wednesday when he ran his bass boat aground, and a deer later collided with his vehicle.

Curtis R. Karlen, who is 45 and of Fort Collins, ran his 21-foot Ranger Reatta on rocks just before 11 p.m. on Bull Shoals Lake near Yellville, Ark., the Baxter Bulletin newspaper reported. A witness told authorities they had spotted Karlen’s boat, heard a loud noise and was then unable to see the boat’s running lights. The witness called 911.

Karlen had recently finished refurbishing the boat and its 225-hp Evinrude, and was on the lake for a test ride, according to the report. Karlen apparently became disoriented while returning to the dock when he ran the boat aground. He was the only person aboard the boat and was not injured.

With officers from the Marion County Sheriff’s office and people from the Bull Shoals Boat Dock on scene, Karlen’s boat, which sustained “extensive” hull and engine damage, was towed to the boat launch and loaded onto a trailer, the report says. While Karlen was towing the boat back to a local resort where he was staying a deer hit the passenger side of his 2003 Chevrolet Suburban, creating a large dent in the door. Police from the Marion County Sheriff’s office investigated that incident as well.

— Jason Fell