Suffolk County

Separate Long Island Jet Ski, Boat Crashes Kill 2 Women, Injure Several Others: Police

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  • Two women died in separate watercraft accidents on Long Island Sunday, authorities said
  • In one case, an 18-year-old woman's Jet Ski crashed into a 35-foot boat off Baldwin Harbor, officials said
  • In the other, a woman died when two boats collided in Moriches Inlet, the U.S. Coast Guard said

Two women were killed in separate crashes in the water off Long Island on Sunday, officials said.

An 18-year-old woman was on a Jet Ski when it crashed into a 35-foot boat around 10:30 a.m. off of Baldwin Harbor, a hamlet in Hempstead, Nassau County police said. 

The victim, later identified as Caitlin Rose McDonald of Rockville Center, was pronounced dead at a local hospital. 

Later Sunday afternoon, another woman died when two boats collided in Moriches Inlet, the U.S. Coast Guard said. 

Three people were aboard a 50-foot Sea Ray boat when it struck a drifting boat occupied by the woman and her husband, who was injured when he jumped from the boat as she was thrown into the waters by the impact.

The husband was rescued by a good Samaritan passing by and suffered minor injuries, the Coast Guard said. 

The woman was pronounced dead at the Coast Guard station. Her identity wasn't immediately released. 

Also Sunday, a man was charged with boating while intoxicated in a crash that capsized his boat, threw all seven people aboard in the water and injured a passenger, police said. 

Javier Torres, 48, of Bay Shore, was piloting a 19-foot boat in the Bay Shore Marina on Great South Bay when a pump malfunctioned and he brought it to a hard stop, causing it to capsize, Suffolk County police said. 

Police and good Samaritans rescued them. 

One passenger was hospitalized, but expected to survive his injuries, police said. 

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