3 injured in power boat crash; operator facing charges

By The Associated Press

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BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) _ Officials say a power boat operator is facing charges after a boat crash in Rhode Island sent three people to the hospital.        

Crews responded to Bristol Harbor around 10:39 p.m. Saturday after reports of people hearing occupants of a power boat crying for help.        

Gail Mastrati, of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, says the 19-foot vessel crashed into an unattended, moored sailboat.

Mastrati says three people on the boat were taken to Rhode Island Hospital with unknown injuries. She says alcohol-related charges are pending against the boat's operator.        

Mastrati says DEM officials have taken custody of the boat. 

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