Updated: 06/20/2014 12:39 PM
Created: 06/20/2014 1:45 AM WHEC.com
Deputies say four people were injured when a boat slammed into a pier near the mouth of the Genesee River.
Monroe County Sheriff's Deputies say a call came in around 11:10 Thursday night for a boat that hit a pier near St. Paul Boulevard in Irondequoit. We're told that report was called in by people walking on the pier.
Deputies say 47-year-old Lawrence Wiegele of Greece, his fiancé, 54-year-old Anne Cutter of Greece, 17-year-old Ashley Wiegele and 16-year-old Nicholas Platt of Kent were taken to the hospital for treatment. Since last night, Lawrence Wiegle and Platt have been released, Ashley Wiegele remains in guarded condition and Cutter is under evaluation.
Officials tell us they brought the boat to the Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit which is located at the opposite end of the pier from where the accident happened. This is an area where many boaters hang out and they shared with us their experiences of navigating this area in the dark.
Mike Farrell says he’s more comfortable coming in and out of the marina in daylight. “I don't think it's lit up enough. A lot of guys will argue that point so I don't have problems coming in here during the day it's fine but at night it's a little sketchy.”
Boater Stan Chizuk said, “Nothing out on the water is lit well enough. Nothing is. Is the pier lit well enough? Just as much as anything else but you have to be aware.”
Farrell said, “This isn't well lit but as a boater you should know your ins and outs of coming in and out and that's a responsibility the boater should have. People want to blame it on the lighting and everything else. It's no different from driving your car.”
Right now, no one is facing charges. The investigation is ongoing.