NEWBURYPORT — Two women suffered minor injuries on Saturday when one of them, a Tewksbury resident, accidentally crashed her boat while trying to dock at the Newburyport Harbor Marina.
Harbormaster Paul Hogg said that the Tewksbury woman took the other woman and a 3-year-old child for a ride out on her boat, and that when she tried to dock her 25-foot Tidewater — named “Unbreakable” — she accidentally throttled the center-console craft up onto the dock.
“She’s a newer boater and she was having a hard time because it was a real strong outgoing tide, it was a moon tide, and when she started to lose a bit of control of the back end of the boat, she panicked,” Hogg said.
According to Hogg, the child was not harmed, but the passenger was thrown into the water. One of the women suffered a leg injury and the other an arm injury, and both were taken to a nearby hospital.
“Accidents happen more often than I want them to happen, but as far as a boat ending up on top of the dock, that’s pretty rare,” Hogg said.
The marina is located on the south shore of the Merrimack River.
Officials said the incident occurred at around 2 p.m., and that the Coast Guard and Newburyport Police and Fire assisted Harbor Patrol in the response.
Hogg said the incident is still under investigation and that no charges have been filed.
The boat’s owner is Christine Elliott. She declined to comment when contacted by The Sun Monday.