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SANDUSKY, Ohio -- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said the body of a boater who disappeared after his boat collided with another on Lake Erie was recovered Monday.

The department said the body of 21-year-old Ben Miller, of Berlin Heights, was found by some rocks near Lyman Harbor, close to Sandusky.

The agency said Miller was driving the 21-foot-long powerboat back to a harbor in Sandusky Bay early Sunday when it collided with a 41-foot-long Formula boat. The bow of Miller's boat was heavily damaged.

A passenger on Miller's boat, 23-year-old Ashley Franklin of Huron, is listed in critical condition at Saint Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo.

Both people aboard the 40-foot boat were hurt, but they were able to dock their boat and take themselves to the hospital. Details on their injuries were not available.

The weather did not appear to be a factor in the collision. The water was calm and winds were light and variable, with visibility of about seven miles.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources' watercraft division is investigating the accident.


(Apparently heard from another source, the Formula hit the boat and took off only to come back to the scene later. Whether or not a driver change was needed because of alcohol is unknown)
 

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The Blade story as well as news footage. You can see pics of the Formula in the news footage, I find it very hard to believe that the boat left the scene and then later returned. I did some research on Ohio's water laws and so far it seems that the Formula driver did what he should have per the laws and that is return his damaged, sinking vessel and seek medical attention for his passengers. From the impact it also appears he would have had the right-of-way.

Now morally, perhaps he should have stayed and assisted the other boat but then you have two sinking boats and additional people in the water needing assistance. It's hard to judge a person until you've been in that situation, all we can do is offer condolences for the person and family of the person that died.

http://www.myfoxcleveland.com/myfox...=20&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080616/NEWS01/806160343
 

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Everyone is going to say that alcohol and speed was a factor, and yet another mark on the power boat community....
Sad, indeed.
 

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Boating at night is dangerous. There are people out there with improper or no lighting/lights turned off. We did just have a Drunk hit a small island and flip his boat...lots of broken bones. He's lucky he did not drown! I would say "bow damage" says it all who's at falt. I hit a fishing boat while coming on plane....they had no lights on and did not even yell at me. There was some moon but I did not see them. My son was in our other boat and yelled at me to stop (I heard him 150ft away). He saw them from a different angle. I snapped my drive to neutral and my bow dropped down on top of their boat dead center. One man dove in the water and the other rode it out. My heart was in my throat. I had no/little bow damage and they had some bent aluminum. Imagine if my son had not yelled and I came on plane. I would have cut them in half with a 3,000lb boat. I ask why they didn't yell at me and they had no answer. I have thru-prop exhaust and would have heard them...I was at idle in gear. I reported the incident to my local Fish Commission Officer, "in person", and he reminded me most fisherman, in central PA, are not boaters and don't follow the rules. Since no one was hurt, there was no paperwork. I have had other close-calls while running on plane, 25mph, at night. All have been people fishing in the main channel with no or improper lighting. I no longer run after dusk due to others neglect in proper boating/lighting, Mike.
 

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