Saturday 29 November 2014

Irishman's body found after boating tragedy in US

Fiona Ellis

Published 30/07/2013 | 05:00

Mark Lennon, who died in the boating accident in New York.
A rescue boat searches the Hudson River in New York after the accident

THE body of an Irishman who died in a boating accident on the Hudson River in New York has been found, and his friend has been charged with his manslaughter.

Mark Lennon (30) died after the boat he was travelling on collided with a barge on Friday evening in New York.

The body of Mr Lennon, whose parents Kevin and Dympna are both from Co Longford, was spotted by a jet skier at 11.12am on Sunday, about a mile from the crash scene.

Mr Lennon was with six friends celebrating the upcoming nuptials of his best friend Brian Bond and bride-to-be Lindsey Stewart, who were due to marry on August 10.

Ms Stewart also lost her life in the accident, and her body was recovered on Saturday.

The speedboat was driven by a friend of Mr Lennon and Mr Bond named JoJo John. It is understood he was a part owner of the boat. Mr John has been charged with vehicular manslaughter in the first degree, three counts of vehicular assault second degree, and more charges may be pending.

The party of six were having drinks at a nearby bar called Pier 701 located on the water to celebrate the upcoming wedding. They boarded the boat to go to Tarrytown on the other side of the river.

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At around 10.41pm, the boat hit a construction barge.

It is understood that Mr Lennon and Ms Stewart were sitting at the front of the boat and were thrown into the water on impact.

The accident was avoidable, said Rockland County Sheriff William Barbera.

"It was nighttime, the barge was not well lit and if you add intoxication on top of it perceptions get skewed."

Mr Barbera said he spoke to Mr Lennon's parents yesterday and they were "devastated".

Irish Independent

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