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Charges filed in drowning death of Lake George kayaker

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LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. -- Charges have now been filed in the case of a kayaker hit by a motorboat on Lake George Wednesday.

On Thursday, the Warren County Sheriff's Department released the results of an autopsy that show 63-year old Peter Snyder had severe injuries to his head and spine from the motor boat's propellers.

Officials say the water was very choppy Wednesday when Snyder and his wife put their kayaks in the water. However, his wife's kayak was orange and Snyder's kayak was blue, perhaps making it difficult for the driver of the 22-foot motor boat to see.

Boat Patrol Officer Scott Rawson tells NEWS10, "Sometimes a kayak or a canoe can disappear beneath the waves without you even seeing it if it's 3 or 4 foot waves."

The motorboat was heading east toward land and the kayakers were heading south when the collision happened.

By law kayakers are not required to wear a life vest.

The victim's wife and the man driving the motor boat jumped into the water to save Snyder then the Warren County rescue boat raced to help.

Officer Rawson, who led the rescue says, "Once our divers got into the water we found him within 25 minutes."

The boat's driver, 73-year old Donald Peltier is charged with a misdemeanor and could face a year in prison. However, officials say alcohol was not involved in the crash.

They add, Peltier is distaught.

"He's been boating for 50 years on this lake and he says he'll probably never boat again. It's sad," shared Sheriff Bud York.

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