NY Family Pushes For State Law After Son’s Tragic Boating Death

January 19, 2019 - 9:55 pm

CENTERPORT, N.Y. (WCBS 880) – The heartbroken family of 12-year-old Ryan Weiss is pushing for a new law in New York State that would protect children.

Ryan’s mother, Kellie Weiss, says she wants the state Legislature to pass a bill that would require propeller guards on all boats used to instruct kids.

"What's important for me is to protect Ryan and his legacy and his memory and his feelings. And I think this is one thing that can help to do that for him,” Weiss said. 

Ryan loved the water and he was on a boat at 7 weeks old. But his life was cut short in July 2017 during a summer boating class at the Centerport Yacht Club, when he fell onto a propeller.

“The fact that we left our 12-year-old in a very, very safe environment and he didn’t come home is something that cannot happen to another family,” Weiss said.

The Weiss family and state Sen. Jim Gaughran are pushing for the new law, called Ryan’s Law. They held a news conference Friday to promote the bill. 

“If that boat had had a prop guard on it. There's a good chance that maybe he would've been okay or injured and it wouldn't have been a fatal accident. So we ask, we beg New York State to please put this in effect,” Weiss said.