LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A New Jersey man is facing charges, and another was hospitalized after a two-boat collision on Lake George Saturday afternoon.
The Lake George Park Commission says Aqib Jaweed, of Somerset, NJ, was operating a rented 17 foot SeaRay, traveling Southeast on the lake, towing a person in a tube.
Jaweed told marine patrol officers he was watching his tuber when he looked forward and saw a boat directly in his path. Unable to avoid a collision, his boat struck the right rear side of the 19 foot KeyWest.
Officials say Jaweed’s boat traveled completely over the KeyWest, causing major damage to both boats.
Police say Brock Wilson, a passenger sitting in the rear seat of the KeyWest, said he was struck by the SeaRay as it passed over the boat.
Wilson was transported to Glens Falls Hospital ER by Bolton EMS with head and neck injuries. He was treated and released.
Lake George Park Commission Marine Patrol charged Jaweed with Reckless Operation, a misdemeanor.
Officials say alcohol was not considered a factor in the accident.
Officials also pointed out that neither operator had taken a formal boater safety course, something the Lake George Park Commission highly recommends to all boaters.
The Navigation law states “No person born on or after May 1st, 1996 shall operate a mechanically propelled vessel on the navigable waters of the state unless the operator is at least ten years old and is the holder of a boating safety certificate.”