Claremore Daily Progress

May 15, 2013

Grand Lake boating accident victims identified

Staff Reports
Claremore Progress


The two victims in a Grand Lake boating accident on Tuesday evening have been identified.

The two victims, Rachel Nicole Swetnam, of Grove, and William Lewis Varner III,  of Texarkana, Ark., were passengers in a boat that collided with a docked house boat in the Duck Creek arm of the lake at approximately 5:30 p.m.

According to a preliminary report from the GRDA Police, the boat was carrying multiple passengers when the collision occurred at the docks at Arrowhead Yacht Club. Four other passengers in the boat were transported to Craig General Hospital in Vinita. Two additional passengers refused treatment at the scene.

Currently, the investigation into the accident is still underway. Further details will be available as the GRDA Police completes its report.