Three people taken to hospital after boating accident in Hadley

Hampshire County

A boating accident on the Connecticut River in Hadley sent three people to the hospital Wednesday night. 

This was a single boat accident, and Hadley Fire Chief MIchael Spanknebel said three people were on the boat when it ran ashore across from Rainbow beach on the Connecticut River. A viewer sent 22News photos of the a boat partially on it’s side against the shore.

Chief Spanknebel said the fire department launched all of their boats, and called in mutual aid from South Hadley and Northampton. The Massachusetts Environmental Police were also assisting.

The Chief said they considered life flighting some of the passengers to the hospital, but couldn’t because of the weather. He said the accident occurred midway between South Hadley and Hadley, and two of the passengers were taken to Sportsman’s Marina in Hadley and one to Mitch’s Marina in South Hadley to be taken by ambulance to Baystate. 

“Because it was a halfway distance, we had two ambulances parked here, and we wanted to split. So we had resources coming from South Hadley, so we had their boat, so we wanted to make sure that we were heading in both directions to try and make it as quick as possible trying to get people to the hospital,” said Spanknebel.

Chief Spanknebel couldn’t say if weather was a factor in the boat running ashore. The seriousness of the injuries of the passengers on board the boat has not yet been released.

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