12-Year-Old Boy Killed During Sailing Lesson in New York

Credit: NBC New York

A 12-year-old boy taking sailing lessons that involved deliberately capsizing his boat in suburban New York died after being struck by the propeller of his instructor’s rescue boat.

Police say the sailboat the boy and two others were in near the Centerport Yacht Club Tuesday was intentionally capsized as part of the lesson. They say an instructor in a Zodiac inflatable boat pulled the boy into his boat and when it accelerated, the boy fell off, hitting the propeller.

The instructor pulled the boy back into the boat and performed CPR until emergency responders arrived.

The boy suffered “massive injuries to the chest.” He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His identity hasn’t been released.

The sailing instructor, who is 18 years old, was also brought to a hospital and was being treated for shock, reports CBS New York.

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SOURCE: CBS News, The Associated Press