Two young boys were injured in a boating accident on Long Island. The unnamed juvenile victims, both aged ten, were riding in a boat driven by 81-year-old Robert Giordano when it sideswiped a Boston Whaler about a mile offshore. Eye witness reports state that the boat which caused the crash, a 19-foot-long Monterrey, “came out of nowhere” and plowed into the Whaler which was travelling slowly through a channel near Seatuck Bay.
None of the passengers in the Boston Whaler reported any injuries but two of the people in the Monterrey were treated and released once ashore. One of the boys was thrown overboard during the crash but was pulled back aboard before rescue crews arrived. Thankfully his injuries were not life-threatening though he was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The U.S. Coast Guard was called in to assist with the aftermath of this terrifying boating accident on Long Island. A representative from the service said that it’s important for all boaters to be aware of their surroundings 100% of the time and always watch out for other watercraft. It is important for boat operators to take a safety course in order to learn how to properly operate their craft in the crowded waters in and around New York City.
While investigators determined there was no criminality involved in this boating accident in New York, the driver and owner of the Monterrey vessel are likely to be held financially responsible for the victim’s injuries, medical expenses and lost wages.
If you’ve been injured by a careless boat operator or one who is driving a watercraft under the influence of alcohol, contact an experienced New York City boating accident attorney immediately. At fault parties are responsible for the damage to boat and for the injuries to the accident victims which would include pain and suffering, unpaid medical expenses and lost wages.