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Brothers escape being hit by circling boat

Two brothers thrown from their motor boat on Lake Sunapee in Newbury Thursday narrowly missed being hit by the wayward vessel as it circled at high speed around them before it crashed on the shore of Great Island.



A passerby pulled the operator and passenger from the water before the 15-foot Boston Whaler crashed on the rocks with the 60 horsepower engine still running at high speed, New Hampshire Marine Patrol reported.




Neither Mark Moore, 45, of Wellesley, Mass., who was operating the boat, nor his brother, Charles, 48, of Bronxville, N.Y., were hurt.Mark Moore was thrown from the boat when he was behind the wheel accelerating, Marine Patrol reported. His brother tried to gain control of the boat, but also was thrown.



The men were in the water with the boat circling around them for several minutes before a passerby pulled them to safety, Marine Patrol reported. Marine Patrol Officer Seth Alie and Newbury Fire and Rescue responded to several 911 calls that came in reporting the incident.

The accident remains under investigation.

Marine Patrol urged boaters to use the ignition safety lanyard when operating boats.

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