Two boat captains face charges of boating while intoxicated after they collided in the Great South Bay early yesterday, injuring two people, police said.

The crash about 12:15 a.m. capsized a 17-foot Boston Whaler, spilling the five passengers into the water, police said. The boat’s captain, Katherine Martin, 28, of Lindenhurst, was treated at a hospital for an injured jaw, ribs and clavicle and was expected to be arraigned after being released, police said. One of her passengers, Vincent Meyer, 30, was treated for broken ribs and released, police said.

Eric Meyer, 29, of Amityville, captained the other boat, an 18-foot Larson Bow Rider. Meyer's defense attorney, Brian J. Griffin of Garden City, said he was arraigned yesterday and released without bail.

“This appears to be an unfortunate incident, and it is unclear if there was even contact between the boats, or if the Whaler capsized due to overcapacity,” Griffin said. “Mr. Meyer denies that he was intoxicated.”

Police believe the boaters started the evening at 6 at Toomey’s Tavern on the Crik, an Amityville bar. Toomey’s manager Richard Martin said yesterday that everyone he saw leave the bar Friday and board a boat was “capable to drive.”

 

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