Stranded boaters back on dry land, driver arrested

The boat had lost its propeller and is anchored in the River

Image Courtesy: Hadley Police Department

HATFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Several boaters who were stranded on the Connecticut river in Hampshire County, are back on dry land Monday evening.

State Trooper Timothy Harris told 22News that a number of people were on a boat that had somehow lost or damaged its propeller at about 8:45 tonight. The boat was anchored not far from shore in Hatfield.

Trooper Harris told 22News that Environmental police located the stranded boaters and ferried them to shore just before ten o’clock Monday evening. Trooper Harris described the operation as a “rescue,” but said it did not appear to be urgent.

Hadley Police Department posted to their official Facebook page that one of the men on board cut his foot and was taken to an ambulance waiting on shore.

The boat, with the rest of the group on board, was towed to the Sportsman’s Marina in Hadley.

Hadley Police say they arrested the boat driver for operating under the influence.

Image Courtesy: Hadley Police Department
Image Courtesy: Hadley Police Department

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