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Hudson River Body Found: Believed to be Best Man From Wedding Party Crash (VIDEO)

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By Gracie Lee , Christian Post Contributor
July 28, 2013|9:39 pm

The Hudson River boating accident has resulted in a second body being found on Sunday – a day after the accident took place. On Saturday a bride to be was found in the river, and on Sunday a man, thought to be the missing best man, has been found a mile downstream.

The Tappan Zee Bridge. (Wikimedia Commons/File)

The Tappan Zee Bridge.

According to authorities a speedboat carrying members of a wedding party slammed into a barge on Friday night, sending some of the passengers flying overboard.

Rockland County Sheriff's Chief William Barbera had previously confirmed that rescuers found the body of bride-to-be Lindsay Stewart about 600 feet from the river bank. At that stage he also confirmed that they were still searching for the best man, Mark Lennon, who also was missing at that time.

However, it now appears as though Lennon's body has been found Sunday, washed a mile downstream.

Both Stewart and Lennon are believed to have been thrown from the Stingray powerboat when it collided with a barge near the Tappan Zee Bridge.

As well as those two, there were four other members of the party who were badly injured in the incident, including the bridegroom, who reportedly suffered an injury to his eye.

Rockland County Undersheriff Robert Van Cura has said, "The river at night is very dark, and even knowing the barges are there, they are difficult to locate until you are very close."

Walter Kosik, Stewart's stepfather, told CNN, "That's a nightmare I don't wish on any parent; police coming over to your house waking you up out of your sleep to tell you an accident has occurred."

Carol Stewart, the bride's mother has been left devastated by the tragic news of her daughter's death. She admitted that she did not know of her daughter's plans to go on the boating trip, but has spoken about how tragic it is, as she was supposed to marry just two weeks from now.

Stewart said, "She's supposed to be married two weeks from today. It just can't end like this."

"I don't think you can put words to what we have to tell these families," Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco said as he announced the finding of the second body on Sunday.

Police have reported that the speedboat was being driven by Jojo John, 35, of Nyack, whom they suspect was intoxicated and who has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault.

 

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