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Press Release - Boat accident on Seneca Lake



On 06/21/14  6:18pm Sheriff Deputies responded to a report of a boating accident that occurred in the area of Caywood Beach, Lodi on Seneca Lake. It is reported that Volker Hartmann age 51 of 225 Oakhill Dr, Horseheads NY was operating his boat on Seneca Lake in a easterly direction , while towing a tube with two 14 year olds – Anna McKane and Katherine McKane , of 42 Mamlock Lane Painted Post NY . A boat operated by Matthew R Gestl age 36 of 255 Williams Rd Bath PA was trolling along the lake fishing. It is reported that Hartmann did not have a reliable spotter and he was attempting to  both spot and navigate his vessel. While Hartmann was in tow he failed to see the vessel that Gestl was in,  colliding with it. . Erin E Lavdar age 32, who was a passenger in Gestl’s vessel, sustained a minor head injury from the accident, was treated at the scene by South Seneca Ambulance and signed off on further treatment.   Hartmann and his passengers : Natalia Haiova-McKane age 40 , and John McKane age 4  both of Painted Post vessel were uninjured, as were Anna and Katherine McKane.  Hartmann was issued tickets for reckless operation of a vessel and failure to have a spotter over the age of 10 years old while in tow,  both violations of the Navigation Laws of New York. He is to appear in the Town of Lodi Court on 07-22-14 at 10:00 am to answer for the charges.

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