Two people were seriously injured early Saturday in a boating accident at Ginger Cove Lake near Valley, Neb.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said Robert Hawkins, 59, of Ginger Cove and Sandra Peterson, 49, of Fort Calhoun were in a 17-foot fishing boat about midnight.
The vessel reportedly did not have its lights on, said Chief Deputy Marty Bilek.
Another boater on the lake did not see the couple and crashed into the fishing boat, Bilek said.
That boater, Thomas Hurtgen, 31, of Sioux Falls, S.D., allegedly had a blood alcohol level more than twice the .08 legal limit. Bilek said Hurtgen was ticketed on suspicion of boating under the influence.
A man who identified himself as a member of Hawkins' family told The World-Herald that the engine on the fishing boat had been turned off and that the vessel was coasting before the crash.
He said he did not know if the fishing boat's lights were on. A rear light was damaged in the collision, he said.
Neither boat sank and the five people involved made it to shore before emergency responders arrived.
Hawkins and Peterson were taken to the Nebraska Medical Center with injuries that were not believed to be life threatening.
Both suffered concussions, the Hawkins family member said, and Hawkins had broken vertebrae.
World-Herald staff writer Joseph Brennan contributed to this report.