MORICHES, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Two women were killed in separate boating accident on Long Island over the weekend.
The first fatal accident happened off the coast of Baldwin in the Middle Bay waterways around 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
Authorities say an 18-year-old was on a jet ski when she collided with a 35-foot Fountain Motor Boat. She was pronounced dead a short time later.
Hours later in Suffolk County, a 50-foot Sea Ray struck a drifting boat with a married couple aboard about a quarter-mile off Cupsogue Beach around 6:30 p.m.
Jack Chin, 50, of Shirley, managed to jump from the boat and was not seriously injured. His wife, 56-year-old Mi Hua Hsu, was thrown into the water and killed.
The operator of that boat was arrested for being intoxicated.
“It doesn't matter if you're on the waterways, same rule apply,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “Sometimes people think because you're not on the road, you're on the water, somehow it's different. Somehow the rules don't apply, they do.”
The boats in both incidents were impounded for safety checks. Police Chief Stuart Cameron says all boaters should worry about safety before anything else.
“They're required to have a personal floatation device (PFD) on board for every passenger that you have. If many passengers get on a boat, and their first concern is what's in the cooler, what is there to eat, what is there to drink, their first concern should really be safety. Where are the PFDs? If you're under 12 years-old, you need to wear a PFD. If you're not a great swimmer and you're out on a boat, you really should have that PFD,” he said.
The investigations remain ongoing.