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Bride-to-be, best man die in wedding boat tragedy on Hudson River near New York
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Rescue workers search for two people who fell overboard after a speedboat carrying members of a bridal party crashed into a barge on the Hudson River, New York. Autoplay OnOff Video feedback Video settings
Piermont, New York: Members of a wedding party drowned in the Hudson River north of New York City after a speedboat carrying the group crashed into a barge on the weekend.
After a two-day search, the body of a man believed to be 30-year-old Mark Lennon was discovered by someone on a recreational watercraft who then called 911 on Sunday, Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco said.
The body was found near Piermont, NY about 1,6 kilometres downstream from where the body of a woman believed to be bride-to-be Lindsey Stewart was found on Saturday.
Rescue workers on a boat search the Hudson River south of the Tappan Zee Bridge in Piermont, NY. Photo: AP
Sherriff Falco said both families had been notified and were distraught. The bodies have since been taken to the medical examiners office; neither person was wearing a life vest. Advertisement
I dont think you can put words to what we have to tell these families, he said.
Stewart was set to be married on August 10. Lennon was the best man.
The body believed to be of the best man Mark Lennon was found on Sunday. Photo: AP
Lennon and Stewart were thrown into the river on Friday night after their speedboat crashed into a barge carrying materials for the construction of a replacement for the bridge. Four other friends, including Stewarts fiance, Brian Bond, and the boat operator, Jojo John, were hospitalised.
Mr John, 35, of Nyack, was charged on Saturday with vehicular manslaughter and three counts of vehicular assault from a hospital bed, where he was recovering from his injuries in the crash, said William Barbera, chief of the Rockland County Sheriffs Office. Authorities say they suspect Mr John was intoxicated at the time of the crash, but they are awaiting results of blood tests.
Attempts to reach Mr Johns family werent immediately successful and it wasnt clear if he had an attorney.
The bride-to-be Lindsey Stewart was found on Saturday. Photo: Supplied
Authorities have declined to identify the other two boat passengers, saying theyre considered witnesses to a crime. One of them has been released from the hospital.
Authorities have said the barge was equipped with lights, but it was still difficult to see on the water late at night. Sheriff Falco said on Sunday that the lighting would be a part of the investigation.
We will determine if those barges were lit properly and if it was a factor, he said.
Sheryl Palacio, a high school biology teacher from Valley Cottage, went to the pier on Sunday with her two young sons and father and said she knows Mr Bond, an art teacher, and Mr John.
Ive known Brian my whole life, she said. Hes an outstanding teacher, a wonderful, kind, respectful man. Now his best friend is missing and his other best friend is charged with manslaughter.
Ms Palacio said Mr John worked as a banker at a local Chase branch and opened accounts for her two boys.
I just want to make sure everyone knows he was a good man, happy and loving, she said. He was always telling me about his nieces and nephews.
Ms Palacios father, Mitchell Turk, of Orangeburg, said he visited with Bonds mother, Jean, at her home in Pearl River on Sunday.
Its sad and quiet there, long faces. Theyre trying to carry on, doing as well as can be expected, Mr Turk said.
The group left the village of Piermont for a short trip aboard the 21-foot Stingray across the river to Tarrytown, about 30 miles north of New York City, authorities said.
Ms Stewart, of Piermont, worked for an insurance company. She and Bond were to be married at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Pearl River, with a reception at a vineyard in Hillburn, her stepfather, Walter Kosik, said.
The couple had known each other for years and used to go to church together, he said.
They have been friends the whole time, and they fell in love about 3 ½ years ago, Kosik said.
The New York State Thruway Authority, which is overseeing the bridge project, said it was reviewing safety procedures. It said the lighting on the barges appeared to be functioning normally.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this difficult time, the authority said in a statement.
Associated Press

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