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Boats collide at Roxboro lake

Posted May 31, 2010
Updated June 1, 2010

— Authorities are investigating a fatal collision between two boats that happened Sunday evening in Roxboro.

Investigators couldn't be reached for comment Monday, but a witness said four people were on a boat in the Mayo Reservoir when it hit another around 10 p.m.

The witness said one person, identified by friends as Tammy Duke, died.

Eric Justason said he was sitting on his porch when he said he heard a loud bang. He and a friend found three people on a pontoon looking for the boat owner's wife.

"It didn't take us long," Justason said. "Maybe another 30 seconds of searching, we found his wife in the water."

Justeson said the boat had been illuminated prior to the collision. He said he saw another boat pull away after impact.

Those close to the case also say the driver of the other boat surrendered to authorities.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is handling the case, but calls and e-mails were not returned Monday.


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  • peppercorns Jun 1, 2010

    I wonder if he was drinking.

  • cary1969 Jun 1, 2010

    if..IF the boat was anchored, there would be no bow lights ...people just need to use common sense

  • mrsmom Jun 1, 2010

    Re: charlesboyer "I have believed for years that the state should require an endorsement on a boat operator's driver's license before someone is allowed to man the helm on public waterways."

    I totally agree. Boating can be a safe and enjoyable recreation if ALL BOATERS are aware of the ways of the water. Some won't follow the rules even when they know them, but many are not aware of safe boating practices at all.

    Condolences to this family on such a tragedy.

  • sjhschik08 May 31, 2010

    I had the same thing happen to me back in '00...my parents and I were out in our boat which is a 20' bayliner trophy, in front of the coast guard station at Fort Macon, Atlantic Beach when a man driving his boat had his back turned and not paying attn all while drinking. They hit us, ran over our boat...I was screaming and they took off. If it wasn't for me screaming they would have never came back. They told us they heard me screaming and thought I was seriously hurt and that's the only reason they turned around. Fortunately no one was seriously hurt or killed. Nobody on the beaches (which were crowded) heard or saw anything. Before coast guard got to us they hid the beer and started lying. Wife told guards she was driving but turned around and told them she said to her husband "OMG I think YOU just hit a bouy"

  • sflirtingwith40 May 31, 2010

    Thoughts & prayers are w/ the Duke family.

  • luv2surffish2 May 31, 2010

    most "operators" i see drive a boat like they do their cars.. like its there just for them... see it all the time.. beach..lakes.. even the soccer moms driving their shopping carts at harris teeter...

  • Adelinthe May 31, 2010

    bilge53 -

    No problem, by the way.

    I was taught how to drive a boat after spending many many hours with my uncle who was a Naval Warrant Officer on one.

    Our family had a 35' cabin cruiser on Lake Erie for years.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe May 31, 2010

    I am sorry for their loss.

    God bless.


  • rhowerton May 31, 2010

    My heart goes out to the Duke Family, people need to take more attention when on the water.

  • RoxGirl May 31, 2010

    Tammy you will be missed by many, including me. Your smile will continue to light up my heart. My thoughts are with JD and all families involved.