Officials: 1 person dies after boat crash in Freeport Creek
One person has died following a two-boat collision in Freeport Creek Saturday evening.
Freeport Fire Department's executive director tells News 12 that the incident happened just before 7 p.m. near Cow Meadow Park when two boats hit into one another, splitting one in half.
All seven people involved were taken to the hospital and a 25-year-old was pronounced dead. Officials say two others suffered serious trauma, while four sustained minor injuries.
Fire officials say people riding Jet Skis nearby helped pull the victims out of the water.
Friends of the 25-year-old who died in the crash say his name was Jorge Soto, from Roosevelt. They tell News 12 he was a passenger on board the boat that was split in half.
Miguel Moz Cornejo says his brother was operating the boat that was split, and that he often hung out and fished with Soto.
He says other people on board, including his brother, suffered broken bones; and that one woman might need to have her leg amputated as a result of her injuries.
Cornejo says they were broadsided by the other vessel and that speed was a factor.
It has not been confirmed who was operating the other boat involved in the crash or if any charges are being filed.