LYONS, N.Y. (AP) - Officials say a sailboat remains on the bottom of the Erie Canal in central New York after sinking when it hit a bridge abutment.
The Wayne County Sheriff's Office tells local media outlets that said the 74-year-old man operating the 39-foot boat was steering around some floating debris Saturday when his view was blocked by a passenger.
Deputies say the boat then hit the center pier on a bridge spanning the canal in Lyons in Wayne County, 30 miles east of Rochester. The collision put a gash in the hull that caused the boat to sink.
The man and his passenger managed to get into a dinghy and made it to safety.
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