CONESUS — A July 3 boat crash on Conesus Lake ended with four people receiving treatment in local hospitals, Livingston County authorities reported.
At 11:10 p.m., Livingston County 911 received a call for a boat collision at the north end of Conesus Lake. The Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol Unit responded, finding 11 people in the water, including young children. The age of the victims ranged from 3 to 42 years in age. Deputies were able to safely get all eleven people out of the water and on board the sheriff’s boat.
Rescuers found the two occupants of the other involved vessel on board, but injured. The occupants of both boats were taken to shore at Vitale Park to be checked by EMS. The Lakeville Fire Department, Livonia EMS, and Avon EMS assisted at the scene.
Preliminary investigation shows that a 2007 Stingray was anchored in the water after watching fireworks at the north end of the lake. The boat was occupied by two people; 35-year-old operator Michael G. Gallton of Rochester and a passenger. A 2010 Cobalt operated by 38-year-old Justin S. Marvin, also of Rochester, was traveling south on the lake with 10 other passengers on board.
According to investigators, Marvin's boat struck the other vessel, causing Gallton to go overboard; Gallton was able to climb back into his boat from the water. Marvin's boat began to take on water and eventually sank.
Gallton and his passenger were both transported to Noyes Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, and an adult and a minor from Marvin’s boat were transported to Strong Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
The Marine Patrol Unit marked off the area of the sunken vessel as it was only in 8.5 feet of water, causing a potential hazard to other boaters.
The investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Command Staff, Marine Patrol Unit, Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division and the Forensic Identification Unit, with assistance from the Park Police based out of Letchworth, continues.
"This collision could of ended much differently but fortunately all the children were wearing PFD's," Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty said. "I commend the Marine Patrol deputies for their quick actions and thank them for their service."