2nd Person Charged in Boat Amputation Accident

Alexander Williams of Boston is expected to be arraigned Wednesday

Police have arrested a second person in connection with a boating accident last month that resulted in a woman losing an arm.

Alexander Williams of Boston was arraigned Wednesday in Boston Municipal Court in connection with the ongoing investigation into the May 30 accident. The 19-year-old woman was swimming near a boat off Spectacle Island when her arm was amputated below the shoulder by the propeller of a boat she had been riding on.

Williams is charged with misleading an investigator under the state's witness intimidation statute, among other offenses. He was held on $5,000 bail and will return to court on Aug. 7.

The owner of the boat, 33-year-old Benjamin Urbelis, was previously charged with reckless and drunken boating causing a serious injury. Urbelis, a lawyer specializing in drunken driving cases, claims he was swimming in the water and was not on the boat when someone else turned it on and severed the woman's arm.

Officials said 13 people had gone on the trip aboard the "Naut Guilty" pleasure boat in Boston Harbor, including nine women ages 19 to 22 and four men in their 30s.

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