A man who was injured in a boating accident Monday night was in fair condition late Tuesday morning, according to a spokeswoman for Maine Medical Center in Portland.

William Hale, who summers on MacMahon Island, suffered what the Maine Marine Patrol described as serious injuries when a 22- foot console boat hit a ledge off the southern tip of Turnip Island. Two of Hale’s three companions, who all live on MacMahon Island during the summer months, suffered minor injuries, the Marine Patrol said.

Glenn Wise, who was operating the boat, was not injured, the Marine Patrol said.

William Hale was taken by Bath Rescue to Maine Medical Center in Portland, according to Sgt. Dan White of the Maine Marine Patrol. Heather Hale and Ann Wise also were hospitalized, Hale at MMC and Wise at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick.

George Dufour, Georgetown’s harbor master, said Tuesday that the two elderly couples were returning home from dinner on Cozy Harbor in Southport.

“It’s a route people take all the time,” Dufour said. “Everybody shaves that island in the interest of the narrows.”

The boat was equipped with radar and GPS, but both instruments were covered and apparently not in used when the boat hit the ledge, Dufour said.

Dufour was not at the scene, but gleaned information from officials who were — including the Marine Patrol, the Warden Service and Sagadahoc County Sheriff ’s deputies.

White said he received a call on the accident at 7:45 p.m.

Local lobstermen transported Georgetown Rescue from Five Islands to the site, he said. The Associated Press reported that Georgetown lobsterman Steve Thibodeau Sr. was one of them.

“It was darker than a pocket (Monday) night,” White said.

Console boats are singledecked open hull vessels where the console is in the center. The boat deck surrounds the console so that a person can walk all around the boat from stern to bow with ease.



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