1 dead, 3 injured in boat crash in Southport

SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) - A Wilmington woman is dead and another three are hurt after a boat crashed into a platform in Southport, according to the Coast Guard.

According to Sgt. Ben Meyer, Barbara Pierce, 57, was pronounced dead at New Hanover Regional Medical Center due to injuries sustained from the boat crash.

Meyer said, Pierce's husband, Edward Pierce, 58, was driving the boat and most likely slammed into a concrete slab in the Cape Fear River, trying to avoid a collision. The two of them along with passengers Michelle Boley, 30, and Taylor Gill, 25, were headed north to Wilmington.

On Saturday night, good Samaritans helped the responding agency with the rescue. Pierce contacted the Coast Guard for help at approximately 9 p.m. A 25-foot response boat was dispatched, according to the release.

Crews arrived on scene to find Barbara Pierce, Edward Pierce and Boley on the platform and Gill in the water near Deep Point Marina. Good Samaritans rescued the man from the water.

Brunswick County emergency responders rushed the four people to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

"Its an unfortunate accident but alcohol is not suspected," Sgt. Meyer said.

The Wildlife Commission is waiting on toxicology reports, which could take up to a month.

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