Boat hits concrete, sinks in NY; 4 die, 2 hurt

By the Associated Press | July 10, 2011 | 6:44 PM EDT

RED HOOK, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a boat struck concrete on the Hudson River in upstate New York before sinking, killing four occupants and seriously injuring two others.

The Dutchess County Sheriff's office says six people were aboard the 19-foot boat Sunday morning when it rammed into concrete footing not far from the shore line near Red Hook. The boat was seriously damaged and began to sink.

The dead were identified as 26-year-old John Uvino of Saugerties; 27-year-old Robert Macarthur of Kingston; 26-year-old Deena Cordero of Kingston; and 41-year-old Jay Bins of Kingston.

Two boaters survived. One was able to make it to shore and call 911 despite serious injuries.

Authorities are investigating the crash. They say they suspect that reckless operation is to blame and say the boaters might have been drinking.