2 missing, 4 Injured in Hudson River Boat Crash Near Tappan Zee Bridge in New York … Bride and Best Man Missing (Update: Missing Woman ID’d as 30 Year Old Lindsey Stewart, Best Man Mark Lennon) (Update: Female Body Pulled from River) (Update: Boat Operator Charged with Vehicular Manslaughter)
Joy ride turned to tragedy …
Two people are missing and four were injured when a boat crashed on the Hudson River near the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York. The incident took place at 10:40 pm Friday when a 21-foot Stingray powerboat crashed into a barge. The boat was carrying a bride-to-be, her fiancé and his best man when it crashed into three construction barges Friday night, badly injuring four and ejecting the bride and best man into the water. The boat was headed from Piermont to Tarrytown. Stewart’s fiancé, Brian Bond, was taken to Westchester Medical Center to be treated for a fractured eye socket. According to reports, Brian Bond placed the 911 call after regaining consciousness. Divers were brought in to search for the missing man and woman.
Four people were injured late Friday and two others were missing after a boat struck a barge in the Hudson River just south of the Tappan Zee Bridge.
Rescue workers searched almost three hours for the two missing boaters, one woman and one man, using boats and helicopters between Piermont and the Tappan Zee Bridge. The search was called off shortly before 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
The crash, which involved a 21-foot Stingray powerboat, was reported at 10:40 p.m., said Ali Flockerzi, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman. The vessel struck a barge. There are numerous barges moored north and south of the bridge — some holding cranes and others holding equipment — as work on the new Tappan Zee bridge ramps up.
UPDATE I: The missing woman as been identified as 30 year old Piermont resident Lindsey Stewart.
A joyride on the Hudson River turned horrific after a speedboat carrying a bride-to-be, her fiancé, and his best man crashed into three construction barges Friday night, badly injuring four and ejecting the bride and best man into the dark water of the Hudson.
WABC-TV identified the missing woman as 30-year-old Piermont resident Lindsey Stewart, whose wedding was only two weeks away. The missing man was identified as her fiancé’s best man.
Sadly. officials are saying Saturday that they are now entering the recovery phase of their search for the two missing boaters, who are presumed dead.
Female Body pulled from Hudson River, near Tappan Zee Bridge
UPDATE II: Female body pulled from Hudson River presumed to be Bride-to-be Lindsey Stewart.
Authorities pulled a female body from the Hudson River on Saturday near where a bride-to-be and her fiance’s best man were hurled into the water when a speedboat carrying six friends crashed into a construction barge near the Tappan Zee Bridge.
Officials said they were working to confirm that it was the body of 30-year-old Lindsey Stewart, who has been missing since the Friday night accident.
The search for the missing man, identified by Stewart’s family as Mark Lennon, was continuing, said Rockland County under sheriff Robert VanCura.
UPDATE III: Police have charged speed boat operator, Jojo John, with vehicular manslaughter. John is suspected of operating the boat that crashed into the barges while intoxicated.
Authorities charged the boat’s operator, Jojo John, 35, of Nyack, with vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault. He was arraigned from a hospital bed and ordered held on $250,000 bond, Barbera said. John is suspected of operating the boat while intoxicated but authorities are still awaiting the result of blood tests.
UPDATE IV: Second Body Found in Hudson River … Believed to be that of Missing Mark Lennon.
A recreational jet-skiier spotted a body believed to be Mark Lennon, the man thrown from the powerboat that crashed into a barge near the Tapan Zee Bridge on the Hudson River late Friday night, authorities said Sunday afternoon. The bride-to-be also was killed, and four people, including the groom, were seriously injured.
Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco said the jet-skiier, a civilian not involved in the search, spotted the body a mile south of the Piermont Pier at 11:12 a.m.