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Search Resumes for Bodies in N.J.

June 13, 2000

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) _ Divers returned to choppy Peck’s Bay on Tuesday to search for two people missing since a weekend high-speed collision between a cabin cruiser and a speedboat that killed two others.

A 30-foot cabin cruiser with nine people aboard broadsided a 26-foot speedboat carrying four people Sunday.

The dead and missing were all from the speedboat. All nine people aboard the cruiser were thrown into the water, injuring one seriously enough to require hospitalization.

It wasn’t clear whether the operators saw one another and were trying to steer clear or just collided, said State Police Sgt. Al Della Fave. It appeared that both boats were running at full throttle, he said.

Alcohol, excessive speed and navigational error were among the possible causes, Della Fave said.

A blood test was given to the operator of the cruiser, John Lego, 52, of Lansdale, Pa., and will be performed as part of the autopsy on speedboat operator Dominic Laspata, 26, of Westville. Results were not yet available.

Also dead at the scene was passenger John Flynn, 42, of Sicklerville.

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