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Suspects wanted in boat hit-and-run on Lake Wylie

By: News 14 Carolina Staff

 CHARLOTTE – Police and South Carolina wildlife officials are looking for four people involved in a boating accident on Lake Wylie.

Two fishermen said they were near the Buster Boyd Bridge Saturday evening when they saw a boat heading right for them. The boat hit the fishermen, knocking one of them into the water.

Three people from the other boat also fell in, but they climbed back into their boat and took off, leaving the two fishermen stranded in the dark. The fishermen are OK, but now they’re offering their own money for information leading to an arrest.

Dan Jarrell, who lives on the lake, saw the whole thing.

“You could hear him scream for help,” Jarrell said.

He jumped in his boat to go help.

“The one boat was sitting still and the other boat was coming down stream about that speed and they hit each other,” Jarrell said. “It was loud enough to get everybody’s attention.”

Authorities describe the boat as a white 16- or 17-foot Neptune-style Walkabout, an open-bow boat. It should have very visible damage to the left front side.

The South Carolina Division of Natural Resources is checking local marinas in search of the vessel.

“So far, we haven’t come up with a boat,” Private 1st Class Jeff Vissage said.

But authorities are asking everyone to be on the lookout, because they believe the boat will show up somewhere soon.

“Maybe someone on that boat will start getting a guilty feeling and call us and say, ‘Hey, this isn’t right. I want to do the right thing.'” Vissage said.

Anyone who sees the boat should call York County Crime Stoppers at 1-877-409-4321.