By Emma Yepsen
RED HOOK, N.Y. - Four people were killed during a boating accident on the Hudson River early Sunday morning.
The Dutchess County Sheriff's Office responded to the eastern shore of the Hudson, near the Town of Red Hook around 6:25 a.m. Sunday for a report of a water emergency.
Deputies responded to the scene discovering the 19-foot 1999 Chris Craft boat had sank killing 27-year-old Robert Macarthur, of Kingston, 26-year-old Dena Cordero, of Kingston, and 41-year-old Jay Bins, of Kingston. One passenger, 26-year-old John Uvino of Saugerties, was ejected into the water and killed. They were all discovered with assistance of DIVE Teams and Marine Patrols.
The other 2 passengers, 23-year-old Joseph Vehnick, of Kingston, and 27-year-old Jessica Hotaling, of Hyde Park, managed to get free and make it to shore. Once at shore, Vehnick clambered up a 20-foot embankment and across two sets of railroad tracks to an open garage, where he called 911.
Police say the boat was about 10-15 yards off the shore when it slammed into a concrete footing around 4:30 a.m., and was moving so fast the force of the collision tore the inboard-outboard motor off its mounts.
Police believe that both reckless operation and possible alcohol use were factors in the accident.
Both survivors suffered serious injuries. Vehnick is in critical condition at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, and Hotaling was taken to Albany Medical Center.
The investigation into the accident is continuing. Autopsy results for the four deceased are pending and will be released Monday.