Alcohol Blamed for Maryland Boat Accident that Injured 4

August 19, 2009

Maryland Natural Resources police believe alcohol was a factor in a boating accident on Kent Island that injured four people, one of them critically.

Police say Jeff Souder of Chester was piloting a boat that ran aground Saturday night off Cox Creek.

Souder was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in critical condition. A male passenger was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, and two women were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say Souder was having engine trouble and the global positioning system on his 30-foot boat was not operating properly. Police believe he had been drinking.

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