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Search continue on Seneca after speed boat flips

Search and recovery efforts continue on Seneca Lake this afternoon after a serious boating accident Saturday night involving a 29 foot 2005 Kryptonite I/O open cockpit power speed boat.The vessel was traveling at 70-80 mile per hour when it veered hard left and flipped upward ejecting the two passengers. The accident occurred off of Juniper Point in the Town of Starkey.The operator of the speed boat was Frank G. Carson, age 34 of Odessa, NY. He was not wearing a life jacket at the time but escaped with a broken sternum and head and neck pain. He was flown by Mercy Flight to Sayre Hospital in Pennsylvania where he remains in satisfactory condition today.The second passenger, Donald C. Roberts, age 34 of Burdett, NY, is still missing and presumed drowned by the Yates County Sheriff Department. Roberts was the owner of Glen Harbor Marina in Watkins Glen. Mr. Roberts was also not wearing a personal flotation device.Carson was an employee of Glen Harbor Marina. The boat is owned by Mr. Roberts.The investigation found that alcohol was not involved in this incident.Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike tells FingerLakes1.com that the search for the body of Mr. Roberts continues today with State Police using side-scan sonar and the Yates County Sheriff’s underwater ROV camera system. The Dundee Volunteer Fire Dept. has and will continue check the shoreline area. At the location of the accident, Seneca Lake is about 160 feet deep.For more information as it becomes available, check back to FingerLakes1.com throughout the afternoon and evening.

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