VIDEO: 911 Calls from Deadly Boating Accident Released
**WARNING: Graphic Content**
The 911 calls from Tuesday’s (May 14) boating accident that killed two University of Arkansas students on Grand Lake in Oklahoma provide new details on the tragedy.
The calls came in from other boaters who witnessed the crash.
Caller: “There are eight people. Gosh, there’s blood everywhere. People are sitting on the dock. Two fo them are lying on the dock, blood everywhere. Two on the dock are alive.”
Rachel Swetnam, of Grove, Okla., and William Lewis “Trey” Varner, III, of Texarkana, Ark., were killed when a 22-foot Cobalt ski boat carrying eight people collided with a large empty houseboat docked in a marina at Arrowhead Yacht Club in the Duck Creek arm of Grand Lake near Grove, Okla.
Two others were hospitalized.
Below are excerpts from the 911 calls:
2nd Caller: “We got a marjor accident at Arrowhead. Major, major wreck, okay?”
911: “Okay, injuries?”
Caller: “Yeah, big time.”
3rd Caller: “People are hurt, possibly two fatalities. A boat ran into, its inside the other boat, the whole boat is inside the other boat.”
4th Caller: “A boat just an into the dock 40-50 miles per hour. There were about six people in it.”
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash, but believe speeding and alcohol were a factor.
“We continued processing the scene and were able to remove the Cobalt vessel from the scene,” said Police Chief Bryan Edwards of the Grand River Dam Authority.
Officials are determining whether to seek charges against the driver of the boat, identified by authorities as U of A student John DeSelms.