Local surgeon involved in Berlin boating accident

local physician involved in berlin township boating accident

BERLIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – A boating crash that killed one person early Saturday morning in Berlin Township involved a prominent local surgeon, WKBN has learned Tuesday.

Dr. Joe Yurich was at the helm of a boat on Berlin Lake just after midnight Friday night.

That boat crashed into a fishing boat with two men inside: 58-year-old Neal Cuppett died and Bruce Lindamood was injured.

Investigators say when they got to the scene, both men were in the water, with one holding the other.

Rescuers took them to Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.

ODNR says alcohol was involved in the crash, but hasn’t yet said who was drinking. According to an ODNR report, a Portage County Sheriff’s deputy did a blood alcohol content assessment at the scene.

WKBN is working to get the results of that test.

Investigators say a lot of people in the area heard the crash and called 911.

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