A boat struck a pier Friday night in Fall River, sending two people to the hospital.

Fall River Police spokesman Captain Barden Castro says the incident happened around 9:47pm. The boat struck the pier at the former Shell Oil Tank Farm at the end of New Street in Fall River.

The two occupants -- a 43-year old Mansfield man and a 44-year old man frm North Easton -- suffered unspecified injuries and were taken to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment.  No other details of the mishap were available.

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Police say initially, one of the injured men told police that there was a third man onboard, and that prompted a search effort to find the missing person. The man later admitted he had lied, and there were only two people onboard.

Harbormasters in Fall River and Somerset responded, along with State Police, the Coast Guard and other agencies. The Massachusetts Environmental Police is investigating the incident.

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