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5 Sent To Hospital After 2 Boats Crash On Cashie River In Bertie County

Five people are hurt following a two-boat collision on the Cashie River in Bertie County Tuesday.

Officials say Travis Jackson and William Tadlock were taken to Vidant hospital in Greenville, while Amanda Vincent, J.B. Baker and Mark Yoder were taken to Vidant Bertie County hospital in Windsor.

According to authorities, Jackson, Vincent and Yoder were onboard an 18-foot boat with three children, and Tadlock and Baker were onboard a 17-foot boat.

North Carolina Wildlife Commission Sergeant Brad Stoop says the two boats collided about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday near the Sans Souci ferry landing when both boaters tried to take the inside curve instead of following the "rules of the road."

He reported Tadlock and Baker were thrown from their boat, and two adults on the other boat were thrown into the water.

None of the children were seriously hurt. They were treated on the scene.

The 18-foot sank to the bottom of the river, while the 17-foot boat was recovered. Both boats are considered total losses.

It is not believed any of the injuries are life threatening.


The North Carolina Wildlife Commission says two people were airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville after two boats collided on the Cashie River in Bertie County Tuesday.

Sgt. Brad Stoop says a person from each of the boats ended up getting taken by helicopter to Vidant in Greenville because of broken bones and other injuries. Two others were taken to Vidant Bertie Hospital in Windsor.

Stoop says the two boats collided in a curve on the Cashie River near the Sans Souci ferry landing when both boaters tried to take the inside curve instead of following the "rules of the road." The accident happened around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.

The two adults aboard a 17-foot boat were thrown from their boat. The 18-foot boat that it collided with had six people on board. Two of the three adults on board were ejected. None of the three children were seriously injured; they were treated on the scene. Stoop says the children were on board the boat with their parents.

The 18-foot sank to the bottom of the river, while the 17-foot boat was recovered. Both boats are considered total losses.

"They are very lucky that no one was killed. Very, very lucky," Stoop said.

Sgt. Stoop says the names of the people involved have not been released, but two adults were from Bertie County, two adults were from Martin County and one was visiting from out of town.

There was no alcohol involved in the collision, according to Sgt. Stoop.

It wasn't clear Wednesday morning how all of the people taken to the hospital were doing. However, Sgt. Stoop said all were stable late Tuesday night.



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Several boaters, including children, were taken to two hospitals after their boats crashed into each other Tuesday afternoon on the Cashie River in Bertie County.

The accident happened after 5:00 p.m.

Wildlife Services Lt. Timothy Hardy says the two boats met on a curve, though he wouldn't call it a head on collision.

The emergency management director says one boat sank and one boat was recovered.

Eight boaters were taken to both the Bertie and Windsor Hospitals. The extent of injuries is unknown.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.


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