Man killed in boat crash
>Alan Lighthall was trying to save his son
MILFORD – A Milford man died earlier this month after he tried to save his son after a boat accident in upstate New York.
Scott Lighthall, 13, was thrown from the bow of a power boat on the morning of July 6 when the craft hit a submerged rock in Black Lake. His father, Alan S. Lighthall, 51, the boat’s operator, went into the water and his body was later retrieved.
Scott was reported to be unconscious when he was rescued by another boater and taken to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, where he was listed in critical condition late last week. On Monday, a hospital spokeperson said Scott’s name was listed under " ‘no information,’ so I assume he was released."
Milford Schools Superintendent Robert Marquis said, "everyone is praying for" Scott.
"We are very, very saddened and shocked," he said. "An exciting July Fourth vacation was turned on its head" in seconds and became a tragedy.
"We will allow the family to guide us … and we will support him and his friends as much as we can," Marquis said.
Milford Middle School Principal Anthony DeMarco notified the teachers, Marquis said, and posted a condolence message on the school’s website.
The message says, "The thoughts and prayers of the Middle School Community are with the Lighthall family during this very difficult time. We also offer best wishes to Scott so that he makes a full recovery. We know that this may affect other students at the Middle School and we will be able to support them if needed."
State police said July 6 that Lighthall was operating a 17-foot, 6-inch Monarch boat in a northerly direction on Black Lake around 8 a.m. and that the teenager was thrown from the bow when the boat struck the rock.
Alan Lighthall’s body was found by the Lisbon Fire Department Dive Team. An autopsy was to be performed to determine the exact cause of death, police said.
A second passenger in the powerboat, Edward Lighthall, 53, of Prospect, N.Y., Alan Lighthall’s brother, suffered mild lacerations.
None of the boat’s occupants were wearing a life preserver at the time of the accident. A fire department official said the family was apparently unfamiliar with the lake, which is known to be rocky.
Black Lake is far north in New York, south of the St. Lawrence River, and parallels the river for many miles.
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