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Police identify 2 men killed over the weekend in Lake Winnipesaukee boating accident

The deceased were both from Meredith, New Hampshire: 76-year-old James A. Hanson and 84-year-old Harold C. Lyon Jr.

The two men killed in a boating accident Saturday on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire have been identified publicly.

The New Hampshire State Police announced Tuesday that both of the deceased were from Meredith, New Hampshire: 76-year-old James A. Hanson and 84-year-old Harold C. Lyon Jr.

Hanson’s wife, 75-year-old Carmella S. Hanson, was hospitalized after the accident with serious but nonlife-threatening head injuries.

Officials believe a 20-foot Sea Ray boat captained by Hanson collided with another vessel operated by Lyon.

After a boating accident was reported around 6 p.m. Saturday, Hanson’s Sea Ray was found adrift north of Bear Island. James Hanson was pronounced dead at the scene, police said, and Carmella Hanson was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia.

Though rescuers initially were told that the accident might have been caused by the Sea Ray striking bottom, Marine Patrol officers then received a report of another boater possibly missing from Bear Island.

On Sunday, divers from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department found the second vessel submerged in nearly 50 feet of water with Lyon deceased inside.

The accident is still under investigation. Marine Patrol asks that anyone with information contact Sgt. Dave Ouellette at 603-227-2111.

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