Boy taking sailing lessons is hit by boat propeller, dies
A red rescue boat is hauled out of the water by the Suffolk County Police at the Centerport Yacht Club on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in Centerport, N.Y. (John Paraskevas/Newsday via AP)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, July 18, 2017 10:40PM EDT
CENTERPORT, N.Y. -- A 12-year-old boy taking sailing lessons that involved deliberately capsizing his boat in suburban New York died after being struck by the propeller of his instructor's rescue boat.
Police say the sailboat the boy and two others were in at the Centerport Yacht Club on Tuesday was intentionally capsized as part of the lesson. They say an instructor in a Zodiac inflatable boat pulled the boy into his boat and when it accelerated the boy fell off, hitting the propeller.
The instructor pulled the boy back into the boat and performed CPR until emergency responders arrived.
The boy suffered "massive injuries to the chest." He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His identity hasn't been released.
Officials at the yacht club have declined to comment.