Keuka Lake Boat Collision with Swimmer

September 17, 2021

BATH, NY – Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on September 14, 2021, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a swimmer struck by a boat on Keuka Lake, in the Town of Wayne.

Deputies interviewed the victim who stated he was swimming on his back at about 6:45pm near the eastern shore in the area of Keuka Village when a dark colored pontoon boat operating northbound boated directly over him causing injury to him. The victim stated the boat never stopped nor slowed. A witness reported that the boat operator was standing and did not appear to have observed striking the swimmer, continuing north from the scene of the collision.

The victim was treated and released at the scene. The only witness description of the boat or operator is that of a white male operating a dark colored pontoon boat. Sheriff Allard requests any information as to the identity of the boat or operator be reported to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office at 607 622-3911 or by email to ksclark@steubencountyny.gov

Sheriff Allard and Yates County Sheriff Spike both remind boaters on Keuka Lake to observe the 5 MPH speed limit within 200 feet of shore and additionally remind swimmers to be alert of boating traffic and obstructions in the waterway.