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Three still hospitalized, one discharged in St. Lawrence boat accident


One of the people injured in Sunday morning’s boat accident on the St. Lawrence River was discharged Tuesday from the hospital, while the boat operator’s condition has been downgraded to critical.

The operator of the boat, Peter R. LaGrow, 64, Clayton, suffered neck and internal injuries. He was taken initially to Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, and then taken by ambulance to Upstate Medical University, Syracuse. He was in serious condition Monday at Upstate, but was listed as critical Wednesday.

The 23-foot boat was traveling 25 to 35 mph when it hit a shoal shortly after 12:30 a.m. Sunday just northwest of Calumet Island in the St. Lawrence River in the town of Clayton, a state parks police spokesman said Monday.

The group was boating about a half-mile from the shore in an area called Eagle Wings, which consists of rocks, small islands and a shoal.

Six people were injured. Two other passengers remained hospitalized Wednesday.

Mr. LaGrow was on the boat with his daughter, Wendy Kolceski, 38, Syracuse, and her friends. Ms. Kolceski was listed in guarded condition Wednesday afternoon at Strong Memorial Medical Center, Rochester. Amy E. Donnelly, 37, Syracuse, remained stable Wednesday at Samaritan.

Another passenger, Victoria Falcone, 39, Fayetteville, was flown by helicopter to Upstate for treatment of severe head injuries. She was released Tuesday. Two others were injured slightly but declined treatment at the scene.

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