The boy’s father was issued a summons for allowing him to operate the craft.

PORTLAND (AP) – The Maine Warden Service is blaming a 13-year-old speedboat operator’s inexperience, inattention and excessive speed for an accident that injured two camp counselors.

According to an investigator’s report released Monday, Harrison Jones was distracted by campers on a nearby dock when he hit the swimmers in Raymond Pond. The accident occurred on July 26.

Game Warden Jason Luce found the accident would have been avoided if the Cape Elizabeth boy had slowed to minimum speed, as state law requires within 200 feet from shore.

The report found the boat was between 70 and 100 feet from shore.

The warden service issued a summons to Jones’ father, Thomas Jones, for allowing his son to operate an unregistered watercraft.

The 90-horsepower speedboat’s registration expired in 1997.

Harrison Jones could receive a summons for operating recklessly, though prosecutors have yet to receive the case.

Thomas Jones declined comment Monday.

Cory Delbaugh, 21, of New Hampshire, and Philip White, 19, of Illinois, were released from Maine Medical Center during the week following the incident.

Delbaugh, who suffered severe bruising, returned to Gander Brook Christian Camp after the accident.

White, who suffered two broken ribs and a punctured lung, returned home afterhis release from the hospital.


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