Two boats collided Saturday night at Freeport Creek, fatally injuring one passenger and casting several others into the water, according to the Nassau County Police Department.
The crash, which happened at about 6:45 p.m. near Cow Meadow Park, injured seven people, including a 25-year-old man who was later pronounced dead at a hospital, according to a department news release issued early Sunday morning. Police had not released his identity as of Sunday afternoon.
Four of the injuries were minor, “while two passengers sustained serious trauma,” according to the release. One of those seriously hurt included a woman with a leg injury, according to Officer Tara Ortiz, a department spokesman.
Ray Maguire, executive director of the Freeport Fire Department, described a chaotic scene when first responders got to the site of the crash.
The boat with the most damage was about 1,500 feet from shore, still circling in the water after colliding with the other vessel, Maguire said. The other boat returned to shore under its own power, he said.
Civilians on personal watercraft pulled people out of the water and brought them ashore.
Maguire said he did not know the cause of the crash but praised those who arrived to help with the rescue effort.
“I have to commend the civilians on the jet skis who played an important role in saving lives and moving victims to shore," he said.
A photo of the crash scene appears to show a pleasure boat with almost the entire port side of the stern severed from the bow.