State Police Investigating Fatal Boating Accident On Otter Lake
State Police are investigating a fatal boating accident on Otter Lake in Forestport.
Police say 45-year old Francis Eckrich was operating his boat with a tube attached to the boat, towing his 12-year-old son and another child.
They say Eckrich was traveling at a high rate of speed when he encountered a pontoon boat anchored on the lake.
Eckrich took a last second evasive action to avoid colliding with the pontoon boat.
Polcie say that action caused his 12-year old son Kaden to be ejected from the tube and strike the pontoon boat, causing massive internal injuries. He was pronounced dead at a Utica hospital.
The other child on the tube, also age 12, was ejected from the tube but was not injured.