Man Killed In Great South Bay Boat Crash; 16 Sickened On Boat Traveling To Port Jefferson

Sophia Hall
June 29, 2020 - 6:42 pm
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BABYLON, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — One person was killed and two were injured in a tragic weekend for boaters in Suffolk County. 

Suffolk County police say two boats collided around 3 p.m. off the shore of Babylon in the Great South Bay on Sunday.

A 58-year-old man who was operating a 17-foot Boston Whaler in West Fox Creek Channel suddenly hit another boat, a 22-foot Activator, heading north, police said.

A passenger on the second boat, 25-year-old Zachary McCarthy, was killed after suffering severe head trauma in the crash.

Suffolk County Police Chief Stuart Cameron says the crash was preventable.

“It’s incredibly important when you're operating a boat that you're alert at all times,” he said. “There are rules of the road, per se, as there are on a year on a highway, but you need to be alert at all times when you're operating to make sure that you see all their vessels.”

Meanwhile, 16 people who were on a boat traveling from City Island in the Bronx to Port Jefferson had to be treated for carbon monoxide poisoning.

The victims included four children.

It's not clear where the carbon monoxide came from, and the incident is under investigation.

Officials say the injuries were not life threatening.

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