Two UA Students Kill In Ski Boat Crash

Two UA Students Kill In Ski Boat Crash

Authorities say two University of Arkansas students were killed after a ski boat crashed into a parked houseboat on a northeast Oklahoma lake.

Officials with the Grand River Dam Authority have identified two victims in a fatal boat crash on the lake Tuesday afternoon.

The two killed in the boating accident were identified as Rachel Nicole Swetnam and William Lewis Varner III. Both were passengers of the boat that collided with a docked boat, identified as a Cobalt Bowrider, in the Duck Creek area of the lake Tuesday afternoon. 

Justin Alberty with the GRDA stated that Swetnam was from Grove, Oklahoma while Varner lived in Texarkana, Arkansas. Swetnam was a graduate of Cascia Hall.

Brian Edwards with the GRDA Police told KTUL on Tuesday the collision between the Bowrider and the houseboat as a "substantial violent impact."

Cascia Hall Headmaster Roger Carter said he remembers Swetnam as a "wonderful, kind young lady." He added that the news of her death "breaks our hearts."

Carter told KTUL that Swetnam transferred from Tennessee back in January 2009 and remembers her having the "sweetest drawl."

Four other passengers were transported to the Craig General Hospital in Vinita.Their condition is unknown at this time.

The GRDA Police Department is continuing their investigation Wednesday.

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