NEWTOWN, Conn. — A 52-year old Sandy Hook man was killed Tuesday night after the boat he was operating on Lake Zoar was struck by another vessel, state officials said.
Randall Pineau of Waterview Drive, Sandy Hook, was pronounced dead at Danbury Hospital, according to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's Environmental Conservation Police.
Pineau was operating a pontoon boat on the lake near Mohawk Trail, a street in Sandy Hook, when it was hit by a ski boat at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Dennis Schain, communications director for DEEP.
Pineau was taken to Danbury Hospital by the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps. His wife, Katherine, who suffered minor injuries, was also transported to Danbury Hospital, where she was treated and released, Schain said.
There were a total of six people aboard the two vessels – four on the pontoon boat and two on the ski boat, Schain said. One other person suffered minor injuries but refused treatment at the scene, he said.
Assisting EnCon Police at the scene were the Newtown Police Department, Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Department, Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Lake Zoar Marine Patrol , and the Connecticut State Police.
The ENCON Boating Accident Reconstruction Unit is continuing to investigate the fatal accident.
This was the sixth boating fatality of the season in Connecticut:
- A kayaker was reported missing Feb. 20 on the Thames River in Ledyard. He went out on kayak on Feb. 19, kayak was found later that day, kayaker reported missing Feb. 20, and victim recovered on March 21.
- On April 16, a man fell off a power boat in Long Island Sound off Milford. His body was recovered that same evening.
- On May 12, the Wethersfield Fire Department responded to a report of an overturned canoe in Wethersfield Cove. The victim was found deceased the same day.
- On June 24, a good Samaritan saw an unoccupied sailboard, then found victim deceased in water of Long Island Sound near Branford.
- On June 24, a victim fell off the back of underway vessel in Stamford Harbor. His body was recovered that same evening.
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