Negligent Operation Charge In Pontoon Accident

OCEAN CITY — Two people were injured, including one flown to Shock Trauma, and an operator has been charged after a pontoon boat accident in Ocean City on Monday afternoon.

Around 3:30 p.m. on Monday, the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) responded to a reported boating accident with injuries in the bay near Ocean City. The investigation revealed two women were boarding the rented pontoon boat when they were injured by the vessel’s propeller.

One of the victims sustained injuries to her leg and was flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore. The other victim suffered injuries to her foot and was transported to a nearby medical center. Neither of the victims’ injuries are life-threatening. The operator, Tien Nguyen, 35, of New Jersey, was charged with negligent operation of a vessel for having the pontoon boat in gear while the women were attempting to board it.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.