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Man charged with Assault by Watercraft after collision on Long Lake

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SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office has charged a 43-year-old man with Assault by Watercraft following a collision earlier this week on Long Lake. 

The collision happened at around 11:30 p.m. when a boat operated by Marvin Olson crashed into another boat that was not moving and had its anchor and cabin lights on. A woman inside the non-moving boat was violently thrown and suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Following the crash, Olson assisted the victim boat to the dock and helped carry the woman to a car that took her to the hospital. 

After investigating the incident, the Sheriff's Office says they found enough evidence to charge Olson with Assault by Watercraft. 

The Sheriff's Office says they want all boaters to stay safe on the water this holiday weekend and have offered the following information as help: 

Additional Info Regarding Washington State Parks Boating Laws 

Reporting an Accident
A boater who is involved in an accident must stop his or her vessel immediately at the scene of the accident and assist injured people or anyone in danger, unless doing so would endanger his or her ow?n vessel or passengers. In some circumstances, the boater operating the vessel must submit a written accident report.

Accident report forms are available from Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and local law enforcement marine units. Washington State law requires the operator of a recreational vessel involved in an accident to file a Washington Boat Accident Report when:

  • Loss of life occurs
  • Injury occurs which requires medical treatment beyond first aid
  • A person disappears from a vessel under circumstances that indicate death or injury
  • Property damage is in excess of $2,000, or there is complete loss of a vessel

If there is an injury, disappearance or death, a report must be submitted within 48 hours. Reports in other accidents must be submitted within 10 days. If the operator cannot submit the report, the owner of the vessel is responsible.

Reports must be submitted to the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction where the accident occurred. If you are not sure what agency has the authority, contact the Washington State Boating Program by email or call 360-902-8555.

The report is confidential and will only be used by government agencies for statistical purposes. Failure of an operator to submit a report can result in a fine

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