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Eastonites Identified in Boating Accident

EASTON, Conn. -- Six people were taken to the hospital after a boating accident on Lake Zoar late Tuesday night. Some of the injured were unconscious when rescuers first reached them. According to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection , a 21-foot ski boat hit the shore, causing Anthony Buzzanca Jr., 22, William Sullivan, 22, and Thomas Lane, 21, all of Easton, to be sent to Danbury Hospital.

There were 11 people on the boat at the time of the crash,  reported to be between 11:30 p.m. and midnight. The other three to go to the hospital were Kristen Paolino, 19, of Trumbull, Kara Yakosh, 20, of Trumbull and Hannah Cebry, 21, of Burlington, according to the DEEP press release.

The boat’s other passengers were Ron Basak-Smith, 22, of Easton, Jonathan Edwards, 21, of Easton, Dean Lorusso, 21, of Easton, Meghan Ledan, 20, of Bethel, and Meghan Merritt, 22, of Lakeville.

The Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire and Rescue was dispatched at 11:28 p.m. for a reported boat accident, in which the caller reported people screaming. Newtown Ambulance, Newtown Underwater Search & Rescue and Southbury authorities were also dispatched to the area, according to a release from the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue.

The boat was located in an unaccessible area of Kettletown State Park in Southbury. The six injured were transported to Cederhurst Association private beach for treatment and transfer to the hospital. The Oxford Fire Department sent out a boat to search for additional people in the water and woods.

The release states: "It was reported that the boat hit a large rock before the accident and several boaters were thrown into the water. There was heavy damage to the starboard side. The damage ran from the stern to the aft. The patients were transported to Danbury Hospital on three ambulances, all with multiple injuries, including loss of consciousness."

State Environmental Conservation Police officers responded to the scene and were assisted by Newtown and Southbury emergency services. The accident is under investigation with help from the Connecticut State Boating Accident Reconstruction Unit.

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