Boating Accident News 6/18/13

By Kristy Moore posted 06-18-2013 12:21 PM

  
06-17-13 ST. PETERSBURG, FL Boat circles after two thrown overboard  
When Troy Petro and his friend were thrown from his boat after hitting a wake in Tampa Bay Mon. (06-17), he says getting hit by the boat's propeller as it circled was the last thing on his mind.
He was worried about something else in the water. “I knew we were swimming in with the sharks," said Petro. He said he and his unidentified friend were out fishing when they hit that rough patch about ¼ mi. away from the end of the St. Pete Pier. "My buddy was driving and we hit a rough wave and, boom, it just flipped us. Both of us flew out of the boat like rockets," said Petro. Florida FWC officers say they got the call at about 3 Mon. afternoon. "We determined they hit a wake, the weight of one person hit the other person and they both were ejected from the boat," said Ken Thompson of FWC. The boat circled in the water for about1 ½ hrs., finally coming to a stop when it ran out of gas. Petro wasn't seriously hurt but his friend broke his leg. FWC officers say this accident didn't have to happen. "The main thing to be learned from this boating accident is to wear your lanyard and have the proper safety equipment on board," said Thompson. The lanyard serves as a kill switch and will turn the boat's motor off. Another boater picked up the man who broke his leg, while Petro swam to shore. Officers say the accident was likely caused by operator inexperience. The man driving the boat only had about 10 hrs. of experience. He was driving because Petro had been drinking. Read full story here.
 
06-17-13 LAKE NORMAN, NC Fisherman drowns, 2 saved in Lake Norman  
A fisherman drowned and 2 friends were rescued late Mon. night (06-17) when their boat began taking on water in Lake Norman near Mooresville, according to Iredell Co. emergency mgmt. and fire officials. The incident was reported about 10:30 p.m. near the Stumpy Creek Road Park. The 3 men were fishing about 100 yds. offshore when water -- possibly from waves, or from a boat wake -- sloshed into their boat. When the boat started sinking, the men jumped and began swimming for shore. Authorities say another boater rescued 2 of the men, but the 3rd man went under. His body was retrieved by divers early Tue. morning (06-18). The identity of the victim has not been released. Read full story here.
 
06-14-13 CEDAR LAKE TOWNSHIP, MN New Prague Man Injured By Boat Propeller  
A 26-y/o New Prague man was injured by a propeller while being pulled behind a boat on an inflatable tube early Fri. evening (06-14). According to the Scott Co. Sheriff’s office, authorities received a report of an injured man at 5:44 p.m. at Cedar Lake in Cedar Lake Township. When they arrived, they found that the man’s leg was injured by the propeller of a 17-ft. Larson runabout boat. The victim was airlifted to North Mem. Med. Center for treatment. Alcohol was not a factor in the accident. The Scott Co. Sheriff’s office is investigating the case. Read full story here.
 
06-08-13 KEY COLONY BEACH, FL Key Colony officer saves trio from sinking boat  
Key Colony Beach police officer Chuck Griffith helped save the life of 5 Keys visitors -- including a paraplegic man -- Sun. (06-08) after their pontoon boat took on water in rough seas off Coco Plum. "I got a call from dispatch that a vessel was going down and had 3 people on board. All I knew about their location is that they could see the high-rise on Coco Plum, so that gave me an idea where to look," Griffith said, referring to the Bonefish Towers apartment building. Griffith said he spotted the vessel "about 2 mi. offshore, straight out of Coco Plum Channel." He said the boat was easy to spot because not many others were braving the 3-5-ft. seas. Randy Elkins, 62, who's paralyzed from the chest down, was on board his 22-ft. deck boat with care-giver Leona Blackburn, 64, and friend Stan Cartier, 48, for a short time Sun. morning when Blackburn said the engine gave out on them. The trio is from Starr, S.C. Shortly thereafter, the engine and left side of the boat were underwater. Blackburn said she dialed 911 as the trio put on lifejackets and waited for help to arrive. According to Monroe Co. Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin, Blackburn's call was received at 10:49 a.m. "The police got to us real quick. I don't think [it was] 15 minutes from the time I placed the call 'til we were on the police boat," she said.
Blackburn said Griffith did well to lift Elkins, who's paralyzed from the chest down, onto his boat.
Griffith, a Florida state trooper of 24 years before joining the Key Colony force, said he ran the group into the Key Colony Beach Marina, where an ambulance met them. He said they were worked up after the incident but "other than that, they were in pretty good shape. The pontoon boat was towed to and is still in the Keys. Read full story here.
 
06-15-13 ATLANTIC BEACH, FL Boat capsized near Neptune Beach, 3 rescued  
The USCG Jacksonville Sector rescued 3 boaters after their boat capsized near Neptune Beach Sat. morning (06-15). The incident happened around 9:56 a.m. about 2 mi. E. of Neptune Beach. Three boaters were aboard a 31-ft. Yellowfin center-console boat. The vessel flipped over sending all 3 into the water. When the Coast Guardsmen from Station Mayport in Atlantic Beach arrived, they found the capsized boat. They discovered 2 of the boaters wearing lifejackets on top of the overturned boat and the 3rd person in the water nearby without a lifejacket. He said he did put on the lifejacket; however it fell off before he was rescued. The rescued boaters are: Stephen Preeschl, 61, of Keystone Heights, Fla., Bobby Zinc, 46, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Karl Zinc, 17, of Jacksonville. "They did the right thing by staying with their vessel instead of attempting to swim to safety," said Petty Officer 1st Class Samuel Marodis of the Sector Jacksonville command center. All 3 boaters were brought aboard a 45-ft. Response Boat and transported to Station Mayport. No injuries were reported. Read full story here.
 
06-14-13 KEY BISCAYNE, FL Boat catches fire near Key Biscayne, no injuries  
Rescue crews responded to a boat fire 1 ½ mi. S. of the Rickenbacker Causeway near Key Biscayne Fri. (06-14). Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said the vessel, a 41-ft. 1983 Viking yacht named "Valhalla," was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived at the scene, just after 2 p.m. USCG and Florida FWC officials were also present at the blaze. The dark smoke cloud billowing from the powerboat stretched across the Downtown Miami skyline. FWC spokesman Jorge Pino said boat owner John Francis had just purchased the vessel and was heading back home to N. Palm Beach Co. with a male passenger. The boaters had anchored Valhalla on the S. side of the Rickenbacker Causeway near Key Biscayne, when they smelled and saw smoke coming from inside the boat. "They opened the lower compartment and they were actually looking at flames," said Pino. The occupants then compiled all their important documents. FWC officials said some Good Samaritans boating in the area saw the smoke coming from Valhalla. They picked up the stranded boaters and brought them to a CG Cutter, which took them to the Biscayne Bay YC in Coconut Grove. Neither Francis nor the other occupant suffered any injuries.
The boat's flames disappeared into the depths of Biscayne Bay as Valhalla eventually sank into the ocean. They were unable to tow it to shore. FWC investigators are looking into the cause of the blaze. Read full story here.
 
06-15-13 CLEARWATER, FL 5 safe after boat takes on water  
Four adults and one child are safe after their boat began taking on water 15 mi. W. of Clearwater on Sat. afternoon (06-15). A person on the 22-ft. boat reported the incident at 12:50 p.m., and a boatcrew from the USCG Sand Key Station responded. No injuries were reported. The boatcrew towed the boat and brought the group back to Clearwater Pass. Read full story here.
 
06-15-13 CHARLESTON, SC Coast Guard rescues 3 after boat starts sinking south of Charleston jetties 
The USCG rescued 3 boaters early Sat. morning (06-15) after their boat started sinking about 5 mi. S. of the Charleston jetties. A call for help was placed at 7:10 a.m. after the boaters said their center console boat started taking on water through a hole in the transom. All 3 declined medical attention. No injuries were reported. The damaged boat was towed to Charleston. Read full story here.
 
06-09-13 RICHMOND COUNTY, NC Heavy downpour causes boat to overturn  
Two men were rescued Sun. (06-09) from the Pee Dee River after losing control of their boat, according to the Richmond Co. Sheriff’s Office. Daryl Moore, 50, and Jeremy Rainwater, 32, both of Rockingham, were on the Pee Dee River in a boat when it overturned, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
Both men were wearing life vests, lawmen said, and Moore made it to a boat ramp at Dairy Barn and Rainwater drifted downstream to a bridge. The call came to 911 around 3:30 p.m. when campers in the woods heard someone on the river calling for help. “Someone heard one guy hollering,” said Jeremy Chance, deputy chief of Cordova Fire & Rescue. “We called Lilesville and they brought a boat out. We also called Rockingham Fire Rescue who got the 2nd guy who was on the shore.” Rainwater and Moore were in good condition when they were found. “The boat is long gone,” said Chance. “The water is really high and moving faster than it should be. Those are definitely unsafe conditions. The storm water is rushing down and there is a lot of debris floating in the water from the storms.” These unsafe conditions prompted Richmond Co. Sheriff James Clemmons Jr. to ask the North Carolina Dept. of Transportation to close the boat landings to the public until safe conditions have been observed on the river. “Because of all the rain the boat landings have been closed for safety precautions,” Clemmons said Monday at 10:30 a.m. “We have asked DOT to barricade the 2 boat entrances.”  The rescue effort, according to Chance, lasted about a 1/2 hr. and between 3 depts. took about 20 people to complete. Read full story here.
 
06-16-13 MINNETONKA, MN Crews respond to boat fire on Lake Minnetonka  
Emergency crews responded to a boat fire on Lake Minnetonka early on Sun. evening (06-16-13). The fire started on a 42-ft. boat in Robinson's Bay in Deephaven. Ten people were on board, all of which got off of the boat safely. Other boats in the area were able to rescue the passengers. Witnesses said that you could see smoke billowing over the lake. Photos show the flames shooting from the boat. When Sheriff's deputies arrived they towed the boat to shore while trying to put out the fire. They pumped water from the lake to fight the blaze. Read full story here.
 
06-15-13 LA JOLLA, CA Coast Guard Helps Boat in Distress  
Local USCG crews rushed to the La Jolla area Sat. (06-15) to help a boat in distress. The 28-ft. deep-sea fishing boat was reported about ½ mi. off the N. end of the coast around 4:15 p.m. CG officials confirmed the vessel -- occupied by 2 people -- was taking on water. CG officials were able to stop the leak and get the boat's engine back up and running. No injuries were reported. Read full story here.
 
06-16-13 GWINNETT COUNTY, GA  
A boat fire on Lake Lanier near Buford Dam Park left 2 adults and one child injured Sun. afternoon (06-16). The caller told Gwinnett Co. Fire dispatch that there was an explosion on an older wooden boat just before 2 p.m. and that everybody had gotten off. The adults and child were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at local hospitals, Gwinnett fire Lt. Colin Rhoden said. Gwinnett arson investigators are examining the boat to determine the cause of the fire. Read full story here.
 
06-16-13 MIAMI, FL transported after jet ski collides with boat near Bear Cut Bridge  
A man and woman have been taken to the hosp. after their jet ski collided with a boat near the Bear Cut Bridge. Reports say the man and woman who were riding on a WaveRunner jet ski did not see the boat and ran into it head on. According to Miami Fire Rescue, the woman was then thrown into the water. She was unconscious when the boat operator jumped in and pulled her to his boat. Both of the victims were picked up at Crandon Marina and transported to Ryder Trauma. The woman is currently in serious condition and the man, who was not seriously injured, is in stable condition. Read full story here.
 
06-14-13 BILOXI, MS Swimmer injured after being hit by boat  
A man swimming suffered lacerations and fractures to both his legs after being struck by a boat Fri. night (06-14) in the area of the Popps Ferry Causeway, according to Lauren Thompson with the Dept. of Marine Resources. DMR's Marine patrol was contacted at 9:06 p.m. by Biloxi police and told that the person had been hit by a boat while swimming. DMR and Biloxi police responded. They found the victim with leg injuries. He was taken to Biloxi Regional before being airlifted to USA Med. Center in Mobile, AL. A group of fishermen reported seeing a white 19-ft. vessel with a center console go by and then heard someone screaming for help. Marine patrol searched the area for hours, but could not find a vessel matching that description. Read full story here.
 
06-15-13 OCRACOKE, NC Coast Guard, good samaritan rescue two people from sailboat near Ocracoke  
The USCG and a Good Samaritan rescued 2 people Sat. (06-15) aboard a 22-ft. sailboat taking on water in the Pamlico Sound near Ocracoke. The crew of the Sea-Ya contacted CG Sector North Carolina watchstanders at 1:10 p.m. requesting assistance due to their boat taking on water.
Crews aboard a 25-ft. Response Boat – Small from Coast Guard Station Ocracoke and a 47-ft. Motor Life Boat from CG Station Hatteras Inlet responded. A Good Samaritan arrived on scene and transferred one of the 2 crewmembers from the Sea-Ya onto their boat. The Response Boat crew arrived on scene and transferred a crewmember aboard the Sea-Ya to assist in dewatering. Once the Motor Life Boat crew arrived on scene, they placed the Sea-Ya in tow en route to Ocracoke. The remaining Sea-Ya and CG crewmembers were transferred to the Response Boat, which took the crewmember to Ocracoke.
 
06-16-13 LARIMER COUNTY, CO Two sailboats capsize on Carter Lake, no injuries reported  
A microburst on Carter Lake caused 2 sailboats to capsize Sun. afternoon (06-16), throwing the 7 people on board into the water. There were no injuries, but one of the 2 boats sank into the lake. The sailboats were part of an informal race of the Carter Lake Sailing Club.
The Larimer County DNR received a call about the capsizing at 1:05 p.m. and responded, as did the Berthoud Fire Dive Rescue team, Thompson Valley EMS and the Loveland FD. The boat ranger arrived on scene first and with the help of the Carter Lake Marina staff was able to upright one of the sailboats, said Senior Ranger Will Talbott of the DNR. "Microbursts coming through Carter Lake are extremely common, especially during the summer months," Talbott said. Read full story here.
 
06-16-13 WATERBURY, CT Couple plucked from rain swollen Naugatuck River  
City firefighters plucked 2 residents from a rain swollen Naugatuck River on Sun. night (06-16) in a dramatic rescue from the air. Francisco and Shawnda Barbosa were clinging to a rock at 6:30 p.m. after their canoe capsized about a mile into their trip down the river. A bicyclist peddling along Platts Mill Road heard their screams for help and called police and firefighters. Read full story here.
 
06-12-13 UPPER MT. BETHEL TOWNSHIP, PA Coroner: Dennis Murphy dies after canoe capsizes on Delaware River  
A man died after his canoe capsized on the Delaware River in Northampton Co., the coroner said Thur. (06-13). The accident happened Wed. afternoon (06-12) in Upper Mount Bethel Township. A family of 4 was on a canoe outing when the canoe capsized, the coroner said. Dennis Murphy, who was visiting from Illinois, had to be pulled out of the water. Murphy, 70, later died at the hosp., said the coroner, who ruled his death an accident. Read full story here.
 
Stormy weather continued into Sat. morning (06-08), sending one E. Providence man overboard. The man was fishing in a canoe out of Bullocks Point in E. Providence when a wave capsized his boat. The Warwick FD responded to a call after he was spotted in the water near Conimicut Point Beach around 7:15 a.m. The FD rescued the man within 5 min. of receiving the call, according to Bruce Cooley, ass’t. fire chief. Cooley said the man suffered no injuries and appeared unharmed.  “With the weather and the water conditions, he got into some trouble,” Cooley said. “But we were able to respond rather quickly, which was fortunate for him.” The man had been in the water for about 45 min. before being seen and rescued, according to the report issued by Lt. Thomas Brady of the FD. After determining he was uninjured, the man and his boat were returned to Bullocks Point. The FD refused to release the man’s name. Read full story here.
 
06-07-13 CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN Man injured in canoe accident  
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a canoe accident that occurred Fri. evening (06-07) on Sugar Creek, 10 mi. downstream of Crawfordsville. Christopher Wilson, 22, of Brazil sustained a dislocated shoulder as a result of the accident. Wilson was in the front of the canoe, with Joseph Megali, 27, of Terre Haute in the back. The 2 subjects came upon a large tree that was partially sticking up out of the flowing water. Instead of portaging around the tree, they tried to steer under it. Once they were close to the tree, the current shifted their canoe and sucked them into the tree. Wilson reached his arms up against the trunk of the tree in order to push off, dislocating his shoulder and capsizing their canoe. Most of their gear was recovered by another canoe in their group a short distance downstream. They managed to right their canoe and make it a few mi. farther downstream to Jim Davis Bridge to summon help. Wilson was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Hosp. in Crawfordsville where he was treated for his injury and released. Neither subject was wearing a lifejacket. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor. Agencies assisting on the scene were the Montgomery Co. Sheriff’s Office, Crawfordsville FD, and the Alamo FD. Read full story here.
 
06-17-13 HERNANDO BEACH, FL Jet-skiers rescued after a night at sea  
The USCG used a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater to find for 2 missing jet-skiers Mon, morning (06-17) 4 mi. W. of Hernando Beach. Rescuers hoisted the 2 men from their jet ski and transported them to CG Air Station Clearwater. Paramedics evaluated them at the station and took them to a local hosp. with mild hypothermia. Doctors listed their condition as stable. According to the USCG, 2 men went missing near Pine Island boat ramp Sun. evening (06-16). A girlfriend of one of the missing men, both 22, reported him missing. They were both riding a purple jet-ski. The missing men didn't have lights, flares, radio or a cell phone, just lifejackets and a whistle. Hernando Co. Sheriff's Office and Florida FWC helped with the search. Read full story here.
 
06-16-13 HARRISONVILLE, MO Teen drowns while jet skiing on Father's Day  
A family outing turned tragic on Father's Day. Authorities responded to a pond in rural Harrisonville where a 17-y/o teen drowned. This occurred about 3 p.m. Sun. (05-16). He and a man in his 20s were riding a jet ski on a several-acre pond near South McClain Road. Authorities said neither was wearing a lifejacket. When both were thrown off the jet ski, they began to struggle to swim. The older man was able to make it back to the jet ski and hang on until help arrived. However, the teen, Kalan Littlefield of Kingsville, drowned. His body was later recovered. http://www.kctv5.com/story/22605184/teen-drowns-while-jet-skiing-on-fathers-day
 
06-16-13 EAST BALSAM LAKE, WI Jet ski operator injured in accident  
A Minnesota man was seriously injured in a boating incident on E. Balsam Lake on Sun. (06-16).
The accident, which occurred around 12:30 p.m., involved Mark Mann, 25, of Maple Grove, Minn., and the operator of a boat, Andrew Iverson, 23, of Minneapolis. Mann was operating a stand-up style jet ski. Iverson was operating 20’ Mastercraft wake-boat, which was owned by mann's father. Mann came off his jet ski in front of the boat while the boat was stationary. According to the Polk Co. Sherif's Dept., at that time Iverson hit the throttle and moved forward attempting to pull a wake boarder. Iverson allegedly felt the boat hit something that he thought was a wave, but passengers on board yelled for him to stop and stated he struck Mann. Mann suffered serious injuries to both legs. Mann was transported to Regions hosp. by Lifelink. No alcohol was detected on the operator of the boat and alcohol is not believed to be a factor; however the matter remains under investigation by the Polk Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Several public safety agencies responded to the scene including the Amery Area EMS, Balsam Lake FD and First Responders, Apple River Area EMS and the Wisconsin State Patrol. Read full story here.
 
06-16-13 OYSTER BAY, NY 1 injured as crew boats collide in Oyster Bay  
One person was injured after 2 crew rowing boats collided in Oyster Bay on Sun. morning (06-16), Nassau Co. police said. Police said the accident occurred between 8 and 8:30 a.m. near W. Shore Road and Cleft Road in Oyster Bay. One person was injured, but police would not give specifics about the nature of the injury. Read full story here.
 
06-15-13 WATERFORD, NJ Man killed in boating accident in state forest  
State police say a man has died in an apparent boating accident in southern New Jersey's Pinelands region. The man, identified only as a 61-y/o Burlington Co. resident, was with his son in a remote area of the Wharton State Forest in Waterford when the accident occurred around 12:30 p.m. Sat. (06-15). Further details on the accident were not disclosed. Canoeing and kayaking are popular in the rivers and streams of the forest, which spans more than 100,000 acres and is the largest tract of land in New Jersey's state park system. State police say a cause of death has not been determined, and the accident remains under investigation. Read full story here.
 
06-15-13 RURAL RETREAT LAKE, VA Victim identified in Rural Retreat Lake boating fatality  
State officials have identified the victim of a weekend boating fatality at Rural Retreat Lake. According to the Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries, the body of 23-y/o William Whalen of Rural Retreat was recovered by divers at 10:45 a.m. on Sun. (06-16) after he was reported missing on Sat. evening (06-15). A DGIF report said that Whalen went fishing on Sat. morning and hadn’t been heard from since. Authorities found his empty boat and his truck at the boat landing and said that Whalen was known to have seizures. Whalen was not wearing a lifejacket, but PFDs were on the boat. Investigators said they didn’t find any alcohol on the boat. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death, the DGIF said. Conservation Police Officer Keith Hagy is investigating. Read full story here.
 
06-15-13 OSAGE COUNTY, MO Suspected drunk boater arrested after serious accident  
Thirty-six y/o Justin Harness of Owensville has been arrested for BUI. Osage Co. Sheriff Michael Dixon has confirmed a serious boating accident possibly involving alcohol on the Gasconade River at mile marker 28. Authorities say the driver apparently drove off the river around 6:48 p.m. Sat. (06-15) near Parson's Lane in the Mt. Sterling area. His boat ended up in a tree. The driver suffered minor injuries. His passenger suffered serious injuries, including a head injury, and was taken by Osage Co. ambulance to University Hosp. Sheriff Dixon said he is in critical but stable condition. Responding to the scene were the Osage Co. Sheriff's Dept., Owensville FD, Linn FD and the Missouri Highway Patrol Water Div. Authorities conducted sobriety tests on the driver at the scene. Read full story here.
 
06-11-13 AVON LAKE, OH 2 men rescued by Avon Lake tide rescue team  
The Avon Lake FD rescued 2 men after their boat sank near the GenOn power plant about 5:20 p.m. Tue. (06-11). The 57- and 60-y/o men were rescued after a witness reported the men were holding onto the western edge of the breakwall by Miller Park. The men were safely pulled onto 2 PWCs and taken to shore. The entire rescue process took about 30 min.
 Read full story here.
 
06-14-13 AUSTIN, TX Flames engulf houseboat on Lake Travis  
Nobody was injured in a fire on a houseboat docked on Lake Travis near Windy Point Park on Fri. (06-14), Lake Travis fire officials said. Firefighters were initially called out for a kitchen fire in a 2-story houseboat about 4:10 p.m. But firefighters reported about 5 p.m. that the boat was fully engulfed with flames, said Asst. Fire Chief John Durham. Firefighters were battling the blaze from shore and from Lake Travis Fire Rescue boats. Durham said houseboats are constructed with highly combustible materials and the one involved with the fire on Friday was probably destroyed. Read full story here.
 
06-15-13 MANOR TOWNSHIP, PA Houseboat fire on Susquehanna River  
A houseboat was set ablaze on the Susquehanna River late Sat. evening (06-15) — possibly by a woman with a flare gun. An emergency alert sent out at 9:42 p.m. warned of a "watercraft incident" in the river in Manor Township. According to reports, the fire "was set by female with flare gun." A supervisor at Lancaster County-wide Communications confirmed the incident was ongoing shortly after 10 p.m. Sat. However, he was unable to provide further detail beyond the primary responder to the scene — Blue Rock Fire Rescue. Blue Rock Commissioner Duane Hagelgans soon echoed that confirmation, but he too was in the dark. "We have crews out there right now," he said. "We're waiting for the Fish Commission."
Any incident on the river falls within the state Fish Commission's jurisdiction, he explained. Blue Rock had 3 boats in the water to extinguish the fire, with "2 rescue companies ... and a couple of squads" on the scene." Hagelgans said he didn't know much about the "female with flare gun." "I heard the same thing," he said, "but I cannot confirm that right now.” Read full story here.
 
 
 
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06-14-13 KANE COUNTY, IL Man gets 10 year sentence for fatal boat accident  
The Bartlett man who was under the influence of cocaine and alcohol when he ran over Libertyville 10-y/o Tony Borcia with his boat last summer was sentenced Fri. (06-14) to 10 yrs. in prison — matching the age of the boy. David Hatyina, 51, listened to 2 days of emotional victim-impact statements from the Borcia family before Kane Co. Judge Clint Hull delivered his ruling Fri. afternoon. Hatyina had previously pleaded guilty in Tony’s death on June 28, 2012, on Petite Lake. Hatyina also gave a tearful apology to the court, saying he would never drink again. Hull said he found Hatyina’s apology to be genuine. “I know if you could go back in time ... you’d change what happened July 28. None of us have that power,” Hull said. Tony had fallen out of his inner-tube when Hatyina ran him over while Tony’s father and 3 siblings watched. Read full story here.



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