One Person Dies in NJ Boat Accident

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The long holiday weekend got off to a deadly start as two boats collided in a New Jersey river, leaving one man dead and four others injured, according to authorities.

Coast Guard officials said a 15-foot skiff carrying five people and a 25-foot Boston Whaler with two people aboard slammed into each other around 7:40 p.m. Friday. At the time of the incident, the boats were reportedly traveling in separate directions in the Manasquan River.

Twenty-four-year-old Kyle Tanis, of Mahwah, along with three other passengers in the small boat, were ejected into the water. Emergency crews worked quickly to pull Tanis from the water and tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him.

Authorities say two of the boat's passengers were rushed to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where they are listed in critical condition. Two other people, including the boat's operator, were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Two passengers aboard the larger boat were not injured in the accident.

Authorities are trying to figure out what caused the collision. It remains unclear whether or not drugs or alcohol played a role.

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