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Boaters Charged In Accident

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BURLINGTON (AP) - Two Burlington men have been charged with felonies after authorities allege they were driving boats while drunk which caused a collision on the Mississippi River in May that killed four people.

Twenty-one-year old Joseph Schier Jr. and 22-year-old Douglas Metcalf were charged Friday with boating while intoxicated causing a death and four counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Authorities say the men were shuttling partiers from an island sandbar to shore in the early morning hours of May 19 when their boats crashed in the dark.

Killed were Matthew House, Jacob Boyd, Caitlyn Atchley, and Blake Eakins. All were in their early 20s and from Burlington.

No trial date has been scheduled. The cases are not yet listed in online court records.

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