NYC man crashes boat onto Lake George island, swims away

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Posted: Sep 06, 2016 9:18 AM

HAGUE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a New York City man drove a rented power boat over another vessel, broke a dock and landed on an Adirondack island, then swam away.

The Warren County Sheriff's Office says Benjamin Byland of Brooklyn was operating a 20-foot boat on Lake George early Sunday morning when he made a U-turn and drove over an unoccupied boat tied to a campsite dock on Burgess Island in Hague.

His boat then hit and broke the dock before hitting a tree on the island. Campers called police as Byland dragged the boat back into the water and attempted to restart it. He then swam to shore.

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He was found Sunday in nearby Ticonderoga and charged with reckless operation of a vehicle and failure to report a boat accident. It couldn't be determined if he has a lawyer.