Sunken Boat Raised From Lake After Fatal Crash on Lake Champlain

Malletts Bay boat

Vermont investigators looking into a fatal boat crash on Lake Champlain have raised the wreck from the bottom of the lake.

Wednesday night, Colchester police said one powerboat T-boned a larger one on Malletts Bay. The larger boat sank.

Rodney Dion, 60, of Milton, was killed. He had been on the smaller of the motorboats. Dion's body was recovered Thursday morning, investigators said.

A passenger of Dion's was brought to the hospital for treatment, police said. The four people on the larger boat did not require hospitalization.

Friday, using a flotation system, experts raised the larger boat from the bottom of the bay.

Lt. Doug Allen of the Colchester Police Dept. said investigators will examine the wreckage as they continue working to figure out what caused the crash.

"We will be examining that boat for the crash damage — how it matches up to the other vessel that we already have," Allen explained.

Allen added that mechanical systems on the boat and devices such as GPS units will also be examined.

Environmental officials set up booms around the crash site to try to catch any potential leaks of gasoline or oil as they worked to raise the sunken boat.

Thursday, police said toxicology and autopsy reports would likely take a few weeks to process.

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