Rowers Escape Boat Crash

By Danny Schrafel

dschrafel@longislandergroup.com

 

Asharoken Police Officer-in-Charge Ray Mahdesian inspects inspecting damage to a rowboat that was hit by a 22-foot vessel Friday afternoon. Photo by Steve Silverman

Asharoken Police Officer-in-Charge Ray Mahdesian inspects inspecting damage to a rowboat that was hit by a 22-foot vessel Friday afternoon.

Photo by Steve Silverman

Two siblings narrowly escaped injury when they jumped out of their rowboat moments before a 22-foot vessel crashed into their vessel in Duck Island Harbor, fire officials said.

The incident, which Asharoken Village Police responded to at 3:45 p.m. July 3, involved a 22-foot Mastercraft vessel that hit the rowboat containing a brother and sister from Asharoken. The rowboat was severely damaged and sank following the collision.

Officials said the operator of the Mastercraft boat, Stephen Plackis, of Huntington, was issued summonses for operating a vessel without an Asharoken Village water ski permit and for unsafe boat operation. Police said he was towing two people on wakeboards at the time of the collision.

According to police, the two people on the rowboat were taken aboard Plackis’ boat, which towed their damaged row boat to a nearby dock. The Northport Fire Department Rescue Squad transported the brother to Huntington Hospital for observation, where he was later released.

Plackis, four passengers and the two wakeboarders were not hurt.