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2 Boston men indicted in boat accident in which woman lost arm

A woman’s arm was severed when she attempted to climb back on the 29-foot boat Naut Guilty. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Two Boston men were indicted Wednesday on charges related to a May boating accident in which a young woman’s arm was cut off, Suffolk County prosecutors said.

Benjamin P. Urbelis, 33, of Charlestown, an attorney, was indicted on charges of negligent operation of a boat, operating a boat under the influence of alcohol, and furnishing alcohol to minors.

Alexander Williams, 24, of the West End, was indicted on charges of negligent operation of a boat, furnishing alcohol to minors, and tampering with evidence, according to the office of Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.

The incident happened on the evening of May 30. The 19-year-old Auburn woman’s arm was severed by the propeller of the Naut Guilty, Urbelis’s 30-foot boat, prosecutors said.


Prosecutors initially charged only Urbelis, then later charged Williams. Prosecutors said they have gathered additional evidence suggesting that Williams was operating the boat at the time of the woman’s injury.

Martin Finucane can be reached at martin.finucane