Boat driven aground at Lockes Island

According to state police, a 1976 Chris-Craft powerboat was returning to a residence on the island, struck a moored boat and crashed onto a breakwater about 11:30 p.m. Friday night.

GILFORD — A 23-foot Chris-Craft boat was propelled out of the water and onto a breakwater Friday night near the shoreline of Lockes Island on Lake Winnipesaukee.

The New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol was notified of the boating accident about 7:11 a.m. Saturday after the vessel was reported atop the breakwater.

According to state police, the accident happened about 11:30 p.m. the night before, when the 1976 powerboat was returning to a residence on the island. It struck a moored boat and then crashed ashore.

There were no reported injures, state police said.

The operator of the boat was Robert Koning, 58, of Carlisle, Mass., state police said.

The incident is under investigation, they said. Anyone with information can call Sgt. Dave Ouellete at 603-227-2111 or dave.ouellette@dos.nh.gov.

In its press release, the Marine Patrol reminded all boaters to maintain a safe speed and distance from objects on the waterways. NH RSA 270-D:2 VI specifically prohibits operation above headway speed when within 150 feet of rafts, floats, swimmers, permitted swimming areas, shore, docks, mooring fields and other vessels.

Additionally, NH RSA 270:1-a requires all operators who know or reasonably should have known that they’ve been involved in an accident to immediately stop the vessel at the scene, render any assistance that they are capable of giving, and immediately notify Marine Patrol or the local police department of the crash.