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UPDATE: Boat crashes into pier

by Jennifer Lee

Irondequoit, N.Y. - One teenager was still in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital early Friday night after a boat crashed into a pier on Lake Ontario.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said the crash happened just after 11pm Thursday on the Summerville Pier.

U.S. Coast Guard member Thomas Simonds was one of the first to arrive on the scene.

"It was stuck on the pier and wasn't really moving anywhere and there were some injuries on board," said Simonds.

Two teenagers were on board, including Lawrence Wiegele, 47, of Greece and his fiancee Anne Cutter, 50, of Greece.

Simonds said the two adults and one teen had to be put on stretchers then taken on a rescue boat to shore.

Lieutenant Andrew Lonthair, Rochester Fire Department, was also there. He said the conditions made it a challenging rescue.

"Nighttime operations become extremely challenging and making sure we have accountability for our people, accountability for victims," said Lt. Lonthair.

Simonds told 13WHAM no one was wearing a life vest when he arrived.

He sent a message to boaters. "Know the area you're in, have a backup plan in case something happens on your vessel for emergencies, wear your life jackets," said Simonds. "Thank god nobody was ejected into the water. Had they been ejected, it would've been great if they were wearing life jackets."

The boat involved in the crash is docked at the Monroe County Sheriff's Marine Unit and will remain there until the investigation comes to a close.

No charges have been filed.

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