Man left with broken leg after boat collision

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DARIEN — Darien Police are investigating a boat accident where two vessels collided on the Long Island Sound during a Sunday morning outing, leaving one of the passengers with serious injuries.

On June 25 around 9:45 a.m., a 36-foot power-operated sailboat collided with a 20-foot boat when the 40-year-old Jersey City man operating the sailboat — the lone occupant — left the boat running to retrieve an item below deck. The sailboat hit the other boat on the right rear side, momentarily forcing the rear of the boat underwater. A 70-year-old Danbury man, one of the three occupants, of the boat was seated in the rear and was struck by the boat, also being forced underwater.

Both boats were able to get into the Five Mile River to secure themselves and seek medical treatment for the injured man who was transported to Norwalk Hospital with a broken leg. Darien and Norwalk marine divisions responded to the incident, as well the United States Coast Guard.

The operator of the sailboat was cited by the Coast Guard for negligent operating. Both the Coast Guard and Darien police investigated the incident, but Darien police said they’re not planning on taking further action.

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A message from Darien Police

The Darien Police Marine Division stresses the importance of having working VHF radios aboard and being knowledgeable in their operation in the event of an emergency. When serious injuries occur on the water, a working VHF radio can save valuable time in seeking assistance as the boater can communicate directly with public safety vessels. The Darien Police Marine Division can be reached using VHS hailing/distress channel #16, as can the U.S.C.G. and most other public safety agencies.

The collision happened about one mile west of Greens Ledge Lighthouse.

Darien police also responded to Stamford on June 24 to help search for a 51-year-old Harrison, N.Y. man who fell into Stamford Harbor around 11:30 p.m. The man was found dead in the water around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday.; @erin_kayata