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Sheriff: No one hurt after boat fire in Seneca Falls

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office has released new information about a boat accident that occurred on Cayuga Lake near Cayuga Lake State Park at the end of June.

On June 29th at approximately 3:45 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office’s boat patrol unit responded to the area of Cayuga Lake State Park for the report of a boat on fire.

Upon arrival, deputies found that the fire was out and the boat had been towed to shore. Deputies found that the 1990, 19-foot Wellcraft vessel operated by Eric Matthews, 27, of Seneca Falls had a gas leak, which resulted in a fire.

Matthews was able to extinguish the fire on-board, and three passengers were not hurt.

The Seneca Falls Fire Department also responded.

Deputies say that Matthews was issued a ticket for not having any PFD’s on-board.

Sheriff Tim Luce reminded all boaters to inspect their boat before going out on the water. “Have a plan and tell someone where you are going,” he explained. “And make sure your safety equipment is on board and up to date. A personal flotation device is required for each person on board plus a throwable flotation device as well. We want everyone to enjoy a safe boating season here in the Finger Lakes.”


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