Hospitals Update Conditions Of Boating Accident Victims


A spokesperson for the New York State Parks Police said six people were injured early Sunday morning when their pleasure craft struck a shoal north of Governors Island in the St. Lawrence River.

Peter Brancato said the 23-foot boat was traveling between 25 and 35 miles per hour when the accident occurred at approximately 12:30 a.m.

He said the operator of the boat, 64 year old Peter R. Lagrow of Clayton, suffered neck and internal injuries.

He was rushed to Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown and then transported by ambulance to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.

His condition was listed as critical Tuesday morning.

Brancato said a female passenger, 39 year old Victoria Falcone of Fayetteville, New York, was flown to the Syracuse hospital for treatment of severe head injuries.

She was listed there in good condition as of Tuesday morning.

The other people are identifed as:

- Rebecca Smith, age 56, Syracuse                     

- Amy E. Donnelly, age 37, Syracuse               

- Stephen Fuller, age 29, Fayetteville, NY                

- Wendy Kolceski, age 38, Syracuse 

Brancato said Kolceski is Lagrow's daughter and the passengers on the boat were her friends.

Kolceski remained in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Medical Center in Rochester Tuesday.

Donnelly was listed in fair condition Monday afternoon at SMC.

Officials said Smith and Fuller were treated at the scene and released.

Glenn Morrison, director of operations for the Thousand Islands Rescue Squad, said paramedics responded to the accident, but initially had difficulty finding the scene.

He said they arrived after spotting a flare.

"There were six victims out there - some of the them, to be honest with you, piled on top of each other so it really takes a few minutes to sort out what you have, what type of injuries you have," said Morrison.

He said three people suffered spinal fractures and another had cuts, bruises and possibly a broken bone.

"When you realize that there are three patients involved with spinal fractures, you have to realize that the mechanism of injury, the impact, had to be significant and severe," said Morrison.


Monday, December 5, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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