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UPDATE: Sheriff Spike gives update on fatal boat crash on Seneca Lake

First responders have provided an update on the fatal boat crash that happened on Seneca Lake near Himrod during the afternoon hours.

Sheriff Ron Spike says Yates County 911 dispatchers received call of a boating accident on Seneca Lake with multiple people injured in the water near Showboat motel around 5:20 p.m.

Deputies and marine patrol responded along with Himrod Fire Dept. Rescue, as well as multiple ambulances and state police.


Investigation shows that a high performance speed boat, a 45 foot Donzi vessel, was traveling south on the lake at a fast speed when it made an abrupt turn causing it to roll up onto its side. The owner and operator was identified as Michael Battley, 48, of Seneca Falls. Five other individuals on-board were ejected, according to Spike. Several individuals on shore swam in the water to their rescue. No floatation devices were worn,  but were on-board, according to investigators.

Spike said Cynthia A. Stuck, 65, of Waterloo, was pronounced dead at the scene. Deloss Stuck, 57, of Waterloo, was taken to Thompson Hospital for his injuries. Jessica Stein, 40, of Fishers, was also taken to Thompson Hospital for her injuries.

David Knorr, 44, and Alyssa Knorr, 40, both of Clifton Springs, were taken to Strong Hospital by Medivac.


Battley was taken to Thompson Hospital but received no treatment.

Deputies and Investigators interviewed several witnesses. Sheriff Marine patrol has impounded the vessel for further investigation and accident reconstruction.

This matter is still under active investigation. Any witnesses of the crash are asked to contact the Yates County Sheriff’s Office.



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