No criminal charges filed in Wareham boating accident with 8-year-old victim

Oct 02, 2017
Courtesy of: U.S. Coast Guard Coast Guard officials respond to a boating accident Wednesday that resulted in the death of an 8-year-old boy.

Prosecutors won’t be filing criminal charges against anyone after a boating accident in Wareham this July ended in the death of an 8-year-old boy from Sudbury.

Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz announced the decision on Monday. According to a press release from the District Attorney’s office, the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on Harry O’Connor and found that “the manner of death was ruled an accident.”

O’Connor died July 29 days after the boat he and 11 others were aboard capsized in rough seas in Hog Island Channel. Nine children and three adults were on the 24-foot Four Winns Horizon powerboat when it overturned near Stony Point Dike at approximately 4:30 p.m. on July 26.

The Coast Guard, Buzzards Bay Task Force, good Samaritans, Marion Harbormaster Department the Wareham Department of Natural Resources and Onset Fire officials all participated in the rescue.

O’Connor was submerged beneath the boat after it capsized. He was pulled from the water by Mike Margulis, a commercial diver from Marion who happened to be in the area at the time. O’Connor was unresponsive when taken from the water. He was flown to Boston Children’s Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The decision to not file criminal charges follows an investigation by the Massachusetts Environmental Police, State Police, the United States Coast Guard, Wareham Police and the Wareham Department of Natural Resources and Marion Harbormaster.

District Attorney spokeswoman Beth Stone said because no criminal charges are being filed the identities of the adults on board are not being released.


Comments (4)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Oct 02, 2017 18:38

A horrible accident for all to go through.  The three adults must live with it for the rests of their lives.  That in itself is a sentence.  I can't imagine it.  We just came through there on Sunday.  I think about this every time I pass that spot.  One question I have is that why did they release little Harry's name but nobody else's?

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Oct 02, 2017 19:29

WBTS , that's because they are connected to someone. The question I have was it really a 24 foot boat? Also why weren't names released?

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Oct 02, 2017 20:30

Sheriff, I did question the boat size too because the first report stated that it was an 18 foot bowrider.  They quickly corrected it to a 24 foot bowrider.  I believe it.  The overturned hull above looks to be that size.  Also, they did show a pic of a large bow rider that looked to be 24 feet on Zecco's travel lift.



Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Oct 02, 2017 20:49

You may be correct about the boat size . Yes the adults have to live with this child's death. But some type of punishment should have been given out .

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