Merrimack man killed in Kingston boating accident, others injured

KINGSTON – A Merrimack man died late Saturday night and three local boaters were injured in a boat accident on Country Pond in Kingston.

Eric Eskeland, 54, of Merrimack, was pronounced dead at the scene after his 17-foot powerboat collided with a 20-foot boat about a quarter-mile offshore just before midnight.

The driver of the other boat, Lawrence Buswell, 51, of Kingston, was uninjured. But, Eskeland was pronounced dead at the scene, and five passengers, including three from the Nashua area, were injured in the crash.

Chad Descoteaux, 33, of Hudson, who suffered multiple lacerations, was released from Lawrence General Hospital in Mass. Debra Eskeland, 55, of Merrimack, was transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston with a head injury, and Michael Sawyer, 32, of Nashua, was transported to Beth Israel with a head injury and multiple lacerations.

Their conditions were not immediately available Monday night.

Two other passengers – Scott and Loretta Garrett, both of Bradford, Mass. – suffered various injuries, as well.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation, according to N.H. Marine Patrol officers. No charges have yet been filed.