ORLAND — The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife has identified the person who died in the Toddy Pond boat crash in Orland Sunday as Ryan Conary, 26, of Sanford.
Spokesman Mark Latti said Conary was killed when the boat he was traveling in was struck by a jet ski.
Conary “was part of a family and friends gathering at Toddy Pond in Orland and was traveling on the stern of a 23-foot waterskiing boat at approximately 1 p.m. when the boat was struck from behind by a jet ski operated by a 17-year-old female who was also part of their group,” Latti said.
Conary was on the back of a 23-foot 2005 Yamaha AR 230 ski boat, with several others, dangling their feet in the water as the boat traveled through the headway speed area when they were struck by the jet ski, Latti said. The jet ski abruptly accelerated and crashed into the stern of the ski boat.
Conary was struck by the jet ski and thrown into the water along with several others by the collision. Conary was not wearing a lifejacket, Latti said.
A 13-year old boy who was wearing a lifejacket was also injured by the jet ski and was transported to Eastern Maine Medical and then later to Maine Medical with leg, head and possible internal injuries, the spokesman said.
The Orland Fire Department recovered Conary’s body from the water at approximately 2:30 p.m. and then transported the body to the Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home in Bucksport, Latti said.
There were 13 people aboard the 23-foot waterskiing boat, and a driver and passenger on the jet ski.
Latti said the crash remains under investigation by the Maine Warden Service.