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Man thrown into Browns Lake in area boat crash

Man thrown into Browns Lake in area boat crash

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Damage to a fishing boat is evident after it was struck by a pontoon boat Wednesday night on Browns Lake near the Fischer Park boat launch. A man was ejected from the boat, but refused medical treatment.

TOWN OF BURLINGTON — A woman was transported to the local hospital for treatment of minor injuries after a pontoon boat crashed into a fishing boat Wednesday night at the Fischer Park boat launch on Browns Lake, the Racine County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Deputies, along with Town of Burlington firefighters and City of Burlington rescue crews, were dispatched just after 7:30 p.m. to the boat launch at the county-owned park, 30526 Durand Ave. (Highway E), for initial reports of a boat crash resulting in a man with an arm injury and a woman with a nose injury.

An investigation by the Sheriff’s Office determined that the operator of the pontoon boat, a 69-year-old Burlington man, was operating his boat on the lake.

The operator informed the investigating deputy that he was not paying attention while turning his boat, which caused him to strike a parked fishing boat.

The operator of the parked fishing boat, a 58-year-old Caledonia man, was ejected from his boat, but did not claim injuries and refused rescue assistance.

A 37-year-old female passenger in the fishing boat was transported to Aurora Burlington Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

The deputy who investigated the crash, cited the operator of the pontoon boat for failure to yield the right of way, the Sheriff’s Office reported. A Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources warden was also requested to respond to the scene to investigate.

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