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Penn Yan woman ejected from boat during crash on Keuka Lake

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A boat accident on Keuka Lake resulted in injuries and charges against the operator on Friday. The incident occurred at 1:59 p.m., prompting a response from Yates County Sheriff’s Deputies, Branchport Fire Department, and Penn Yan Ambulance.


James A. Sprague, 75, of Penn Yan, was navigating his vessel south on Keuka Lake when it collided with a dock near West Bluff Drive. The collision ejected his passenger, Julie D. Sprague, 62, also of Penn Yan, from the boat. Julie Sprague was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital for her injuries.

James Sprague was charged with reckless operation and failure to carry a registration certificate. He was issued tickets by Marine Patrol Officers and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Barrington court at a later date.