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CT: Hunters injured as canoe flips

Lyme Man Shot In Hand Accidentally

Published on 1/25/2009

East Lyme - A Lyme man was shot in the hand when a gun discharged as he and a friend capsized in a canoe while hunting waterfowl on the Pattagansett River Saturday morning. Robert Bill, 65, was struck by a bullet in the hand and Richard Sager, 63, also of Lyme, injured his hand when the canoe tipped. They waded to shore through three or four feet of water and drove to the hospital. Both men were wearing required lifejackets, and no charges were filed.

The state Department of Environmental Protection's Environmental Conservation Police were dispatched to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital at 9:30 a.m. to investigate the reported hunting accident. The incident is still under investigation by the DEP.

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