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N.C. man dies in Alton boating accident

August 25. 2018 11:00PM

ALTON — State Police Marine Patrol officials said operator error likely played a role in the death of a 35-year-old North Carolina man in a boating accident on Lake Winnipesaukee on Friday morning.

The 911 call for assistance came in at 10:30 a.m.

William Rowan of Wilmington, N.C., had been a passenger in a 23-foot Cobalt powerboat that Edmond Macri, 74, of Simsbury, Conn., was driving.

Officials said Macri was leaving the dock at Little Mark Island with five adults and three children onboard when he made an abrupt turn that resulted in Rowan being tossed into the water. The boat then struck Rowan.

Officials said Rowan was pronounced dead after being brought to shore.

The Alton police and fire departments, Fish and Game and state police all responded to the accident.

The accident remains under investigation.Anyone who witnessed it is asked to contact state police Sgt. Dave Ouelette at (603) 227-2111 or

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