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Published: Tuesday, 8/5/2008

Mansfield woman, 43, hurt in 2-boat collision

PORT CLINTON A Richland County woman was injured yesterday afternoon in a boating accident on Sandusky Bay, authorities said.

Kellie Backer, 43, of Mansfield, was in surgery last night at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, where she was flown after the watercraft that she was riding with John Caporini, 45, of Mansfield collided with another boat near the Sandusky River s mouth.

Ms. Backer suffered a back injury in the crash, according to the U.S. Coast Guard station in Marblehead, Ohio.

Debbie Dials, also of Mansfield, was operating the other boat involved in the 12:30 p.m. collision.

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