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Boat flees scene after collision on the Fox River

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Posted at 9:07 AM, Jul 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-12 18:52:10-04

OSHKOSH (NBC 26) — UPDATE: The owner and operator of the powerboat has been identified and arrested. The suspect was arrested for 12 counts of Recklessly Endangering Safety 2nd Degree (Class G Felony) and 11 counts of Failure to Render Aid after a boating Accident (Misdemeanor).

The Winnebago County Sheriff's Office stated they appreciated the outpouring of tips and leads the community provided as they investigated this incident.

While an arrest has been made, this remains an active investigation as two occupants of the powerboat are yet to be identified.

ORIGINAL REPORT: The Winnebago County Sheriff's Office is investigating a hit-and-run boat collision that occurred on the Fox River in Oshkosh Saturday night.

According to a release, a commercial stern-wheel party boat sustained severe damage after it was hit by a 45-foot power boat. The incident occurred around 10:00 p.m. between the Oregon Street bridge and the Wisconsin Street bridge.

The party boat had 43 passengers aboard and was able to make a safe return to shore, the powerboat which held seven passengers fled the scene.

As a result of the crash, one person was transported from the scene with multiple non-life-threatening injuries, six people were treated and released at the scene.

Deputies are continuing to search for the seven passengers of the fleeing boat, they have yet to be located as of 3:00 a.m.

It is believed that all passengers are safe.

NBC 26 will update this story if more information becomes available.