Young girl struck by boat on Mohawk River

NISKAYUNA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – An 11-year-old girl was taken to Albany Medical Center after being struck by a boat on Friday.

First responders were called to the boat launch for the Niskayuna Rowing Club at the Aqueduct Boat House just after 11:20 a.m. Friday for a report of an individual being struck by a boat on the river.

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Police said the victim was an 11-year-old female. She was transported to the dock via a Niskayuna Rowing Club boat. Police said she suffered a severe laceration to the back of her leg.

She was taken to Albany Med for treatment.

After an investigation, police said the victim was part of a Learn to Row summer program sponsored by the Niskayuna Rowing Club. She was one of eight passengers on a small boat. All passengers were wearing life preservers, according to police.

The boat was just east of the Rexford Bridge when the incident occurred. Police said the operator was 22-year-old William Lore, who slowed the boat as it approached a “no wake zone.”

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As the boat was slowing, the bow partially submerged in the water causing the victim and other passengers to be ejected from the boat. The victim was struck by the boat as it passed by her, according to police.

Lore pulled the girl back on board to bring her to the dock at the Aqueduct Boat House.

Lore was issued a summons for Reckless Operation of a Vessel.

The victim is in stable condition.

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