Coast Guard responds to scene of collision between pleasure craft and personal watercraft

9th Coast Guard District News
CLEVELAND – A Coast Guard rescue boatcrew responded Saturday afternoon to the scene of a collision between a pleasure craft and a personal watercraft in the St. Lawrence Seaway.

The Coast Guard was notified at 4:45 p.m. by the owner of a 26-foot pleasure craft, who reported a collision with a personal watercraft just west of the Alexandria Bay Bridge.

Due to the vicinity to the unit, Coast Guard Station Alexandria Bay, N.Y., had a rescue crew on scene within two minutes. Once on scene, the crew of the 25-foot Response Boat-Medium transported the 15-year-old operator of the personal watercraft to Peel Dock on Wellesley Island. Crewmembers bandaged a cut on the boy’s leg.

Once at the dock, the boy was transferred to local EMS for further medical analysis.

Pollution investigators from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Massena, N.Y., arrived on scene since the collision caused the pleasure craft’s engine to hang by the fuel line, resulting in a minor discharge of fuel.

It was reported that the operator of the personal watercraft was wearing a life jacket.

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