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From weekend cruiser to good Samaritan

After a pleasure cruise around New York City’s Staten Island on Saturday, David Gross decided the 6- to 8-foot swells in the Verrazano Narrows would be too rough for his mother-in-law, an inexperienced boater pushing 70 years old.

So Gross steered his 41-foot sportfishing boat down the Arthur Kill, figuring the sheltered waterway separating the island’s west shore from New Jersey would provide a more relaxing return voyage.

He was wrong.

After emerging from the kill into Raritan Bay, what Gross saw was like nothing he’d encountered in his 40 years as a weekend mariner: a capsized boat with four people clinging to the hull, one of them gripping the lifeless body of a man.

Click here for the full report by the Star Ledger.