2006-08-10 / Other News

Mill Basin Jet Ski Crash Victim's Body Found Washed Up On Shore

The body of Mill Basin teenager Paul Zaccarias, who had been missing as a result of a jet-ski accident on June 30, was discovered Sunday, police said. NYPD sources said the 17-year-old's body washed up on a bank of rocks bordering Flatbush Avenue across the waterway from his home on Na-tional Drive, just south of the Kings Plaza Shopping Center.

A passerby saw the body at about 10:45 a.m. behind a lobster restaurant, sources said. Police told reporters they had arrested a 16-year-old neighbor in connection with the accident and charged him with leaving the scene of an accident, speeding, reckless endangerment and failure to report a vessel accident.

Zaccarias had been jet skiing near his home at about 4:30 p.m. when the vessel driven by the 16-year-old struck him from behind. The victim was not wearing a life jacket and apparently sunk into the murky water almost immediately. The younger teen and a friend in the other watercraft were apparently not hurt and they disappeared after the crash. They later returned, but police did not charge the 16-year-old until last week, a few days before the body was found. They did not say why the youth's arrest was delayed.

Despite attempts to save him by the NYPD harbor patrol, aviation units, friends and neighbors, the boy's body

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not be found and the rescue effort was turned into a search effort and eventually called off.

Although volunteer would-be rescue workers continued to search for his body long after official rescue attempts ceased, his mother and friends of the family continued to hold a thread of hope that he would still be alive, according to neighbors.

Charles Rogers

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