FALL RIVER (CBS) – One person is dead and another missing at sea following a boat crash Saturday in Mount Hope Bay in Fall River. Around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, the Coast Guard suspended their search for the missing man.
Initial reports said that two boats collided late Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, the Coast Guard updated that the incident did not involve boats colliding. Instead, it was one boat hopping a wake of another boat and then capsizing.
Brent Osborne, 42, of Middleboro, was the only passenger in the powerboat. He was ejected during the crash. Another boater pulled Osborne from the water and rushed him back to shore. He was taken to St. Anne’s Hospital, but later pronounced dead.
Marc Hanoud, 35, of Berkley was identified as the boat’s owner and operator. Hanoud was ejected and had not been located.
“He was a wonderful guy, you know what I mean, I hope he’s still alive, I am hoping,” said convenience store owner Aquil Khan. He said Hanoud was his favorite customer and he’ll miss their daily interactions.
“Downloading his radios and stuff, saving it to my computer, and watching videos over and over. I hope a miracle happens. He was a wonderful, wonderful guy,” said Khan.
Bill Russell has known the Hanoud family for about five years. “He was just a nice guy, good guy. Horrible to even hear that you’re telling me this,” he said. “I feel really bad for the family. His mother, she’s got some health issues so she’s been going through that.”
Crews searched 83 square miles throughout Saturday night and into Sunday.
“A preliminary investigation into the incident has revealed that it appears the boat crashed as a result of hitting a large wave in the ocean at a high rate of speed,” Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn said in a statement.
Both men were reportedly wearing life jackets.