With many New Yorkers heading to the beach to enjoy the unofficial start to summer, the Jersey Shore has already been witness to a chaotic and tragic scene following a boating accident last night. 24-year-old Kyle Tanis of Mahwah, NJ died after being ejected from boat he was in with friends on the Manasquan River. Their 15-footer lost control leading to its collision with a larger fishing boat; two others, Gina Franzino, 22 and Jamie Franzino, 19, sisters also from Mahwah, are being treated with critical injuries at the Jersey Shore Medical Center. One witness told the Star-Ledger, "It was a loud bang. It was very clear that two boats had collided with one another. It sounded very similar to a car accident." Coast Guard officials, NJ State Troopers and even an NYPD helicopter took part in the rescue mission following the incident. An onlooker described the eerie experience of seeing "life jackets were floating in the water with no people in them." Two other passengers were treated for injuries and released from the hospital; no one from the fishing boat was hurt. There is no word yet if drugs or alcohol were involved.
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