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Boat Sinks on Lake Mahopac; Yorktown Man Charged with Drunk Boating

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - A boat sank on Lake Mahopac on Labor Day, and though no one was injured, police said a Yorktown man has been charged with boating while intoxicated.

Investigators from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department said that on Monday, Sept. 5, while on marine patrol duty, Sgt. Michael Szabo was called to the scene of a sinking boat at around 4:18 p.m. Szabo said several Jet Ski operators were in the process of recusing the boat’s three passengers when he arrived.

The boat sank to the bottom of the lake, but police said they did know what caused it to take on water in the first place. Police were out on the lake on Saturday, Sept. 10, using sonar to search for the sunken boat in hopes of raising it. The boat was not located and the search will be resumed at a later date.

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“That’s why they want to raise it out of the water; they want to figure out what caused it to sink,” said Capt. William McNamara of the Putnam Sheriff’s Department. “The operator of the boat was not able to provide much information about why it happened.”

The three passengers were brought safely to shore where police discovered that a 25-year-old Yorktown man was the driver of the boat. Police said the man exhibited signs of intoxication and admitted to drinking prior to the incident.

He was arrested and charged with second-degree operation of a vessel while ability impaired by alcohol, a misdemeanor. Police said he had failed a series of field sobriety tests.

Police said that if found guilty of the misdemeanor charge, the Yorktown man could face up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

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