(Mount Sinai) - Authorities are reminding Long Islanders to stay safe around the water after two tragic mishaps over the long holiday weekend.
The first incident, which took place on the Fourth of July at a swimming hole in Pennsylvania, left a West Babylon man dead. Benjamin Taus, 24, reportedly drowned after jumping about 20 feet into the water at an abandoned mine pit in Mount Carmel Township. He was visiting the area with friends, according to relatives.
His family tells the media that Taus may have hit the water hard and had the wind knocked out of him. Taus had reportedly gone swimming before at the very spot where he drowned.
The second incident, which put a teenager in the hospital, happened Sunday evening in the Long Island Sound off Mount Sinai (pictured above). Police say the 18-year-old has a serious arm injury after falling into the water and being struck by the propeller on his own boat. The victim was reportedly knocked overboard by a wave while he was out fishing with a friend.
The victim's friend managed to get him back on board and called for help after bringing him into Mount Sinai Harbor, according to police, who are still investigating.