Powerboat vs. dinghy

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A husband and wife from Long Island, N.Y., say they had just seconds to dive into the water Sunday as a 22-foot powerboat plowed into their rented dinghy, according to a report in Newsday.

The couple rented the boat from a local bait shop on CityIsland in the Bronx, and were about a mile off the NorthShore Sunday morning, near the confluence of the East River and Long Island Sound. They saw the powerboat, with two men aboard, heading straight for them shortly after 10 a.m., and jumped overboard when it became apparent the boat wasn’t going to change course, according to the report.

The two men say they failed to see the dinghy because, at their speed, the bow was raised upwards and obstructed their vision. No one on the boat or the dinghy wore life jackets, according to the Coast Guard.

A nearby Coast Guard patrol boat witnessed the collision and pulled the couple from the water within minutes. The husband reportedly had a back injury, and both had symptoms of hypothermia, according to the report.

The men on the powerboat were cited for negligent operations.

— Elizabeth Ellis