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Boat operator recovering after crash

A man injured in a New Year’s Day boat crash that killed one person remains in hospital, police said this morning.

The 30-year-old Smith’s resident — believed to be the operator of the boat involved in the crash — was recovering today on a general ward at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

Police said yesterday that the man was being treated in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

They also announced he had been arrested on suspicion of operating the vessel while impaired.

Adrian Hassell, 24, was killed in the crash that happened in the West End.

A police spokesman said officers wanted to speak to anyone who may have seen or spoken to Mr Hassell on New Year’s Eve or to the other passengers on the boat.

He added that Mr Hassell was known to have been in Hamilton bars the Pickled Onion and Dog House on New Year’s Eve.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 717-2077.