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Posted on: September 7, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Two suffer minor injuries in boating accident on Hudson River

Hudson River Boating Accident (4)

Date of Incident:  Tuesday, September 06, 2022        Time of Incident:  11:07 AM

Incident Location: Hudson River near Lock 6          

Township: Fort Edward                


1. Martin L. Feletto          Age: 67         Address: Sacramento, CA

2. Debra A. Jordan             Age: 65    Address: Sacramento, CA

3. Stephen R. Windom    Age: 72    Address: Alexander City, AL

4. Joanne Kristiansen        Age: 72    Address: Alexander City, AL

5. Kjell O. Kristiansen     Age: 76    Address: Louisville, KY

6. Vaughn Stough        Age: 70    Address: Alexander City, AL

INCIDENT SUMMARY: According to Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy, on September 6, 2022 at 11:07 A.M., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a boating accident on the Hudson River near Lock 6 in the Town of Fort Edward.

Upon arriving, Deputies determined that a 1989, 30 foot Riva (Manufacturer) St Tropez (Model) vessel was being operated by Martin L. Feletto northbound on the Hudson River. Mr. Feletto was traveling with a group of vessels and misjudged the entrance to the lock and subsequently drove his vessel onto a large rocky shole located to the west of the lock entrance. The other vessels were uninvolved in the incident.

Mr. Feletto suffered minor facial injuries and another passenger, Debra A. Jordan, age 65 of Sacramento, CA suffered minor injuries to the torso as the vessel ran into the rock ledge. The other passengers in the boat were uninjured. Both were treated by EMS once on shore. 

Drugs or alcohol are not believed to be a factor in the incident. No tickets have been issued however the incident remains under investigation. No major damage was sustained to the vessel and no fluids are believed to have leaked from the vessel. A full inspection will be completed when the vessel is removed from the rocks.

Assisting agencies: Fort Edward Fire and EMS, Schuylerville Fire Department, NYS Canal Corporation 

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