Family relieved after frightening crash with alleged drunken boater, William Tabert

A family of four is counting their blessings after they survived a boat crash involving an allegedly intoxicated boater in Northport Harbor over the weekend.

Officials say William Tabert slammed his boat into a family of four on a sailboat.

Officials say William Tabert slammed his boat into a family of four on a sailboat. (5/6/13)

OYSTER BAY - A family of four is counting their blessings after they survived a boat crash involving an allegedly intoxicated boater in Northport Harbor over the weekend.

Investigators say William Tabert, 52, of Fort Salonga, was arrested early Sunday morning after plowing his 21-foot motorboat into a sailboat that was moored in the harbor.

The Harris family was asleep inside the sailboat when Tabert's boat crashed into them. Lisabeth Harris says it was terrifying to wake up to.

"I’m still shaking when I talk about it," she says. "It was horrific. It will take me a long time, if ever, to forget the sound of them hitting us, the way the boat swung around."

Both boats sustained minor damage, but no one was injured.

Tabert has been charged with boating while intoxicated, marking the first BWI arrest of the boating season on Long Island.

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