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Authorities identify 8-year-old boy who died in Hudson River boat mishap

Posted at 7:25 AM, Oct 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-20 07:25:48-04

HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. — Authorities have released the name of a child visiting from Israel who died after a boat overturned on the Hudson River north of New York City.

On Saturday, a day after the accident, Chief William Barbera of the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office said 8-year-old Yosef Goldman was celebrating a Jewish holiday with six other children and a man driving the motorboat.

On Friday afternoon, the boat flipped in choppy waters off Haverstraw, about 30 miles north of New York City. Four boys and two girls — all under 12 — managed to cling on to the floating vessel with the man, but Yosef was missing. Divers found him below the overturned boat. He was declared dead at a hospital.

The group from Monsey, New York, was celebrating the Sukkot holiday.