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    Eight Sent to Hospital Following Branched Oak Boating Accident in Nebraska

    Eight people were sent to a hospital following a nonfatal boating accident Friday evening on Branched Oak Lake.

    Among those taken to Bryan/LGH West Hospital in Lincoln was a 19-year-old Lincoln man, who was later jailed at the Lancaster County Jail on suspicion of boating under the influence and being a minor in possession of alcohol.

    The 19-year-old was operating a large Sea Ray motorboat when it collided with a drifting sailboat. Injuries were reported.

    A 19-year-old motorboat passenger also was cited for suspicion of minor in possession.

    Both vessels sustained major damage and are being held by authorities for further review. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Nebraska State Patrol and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the accident.

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