Man injured in sailing accident; responder’s car catches fire

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

The Yates County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol responded on Sunday, July 12 at 1:45 p.m. to the report of a boating accident on Keuka Lake near the end of Bluff Point.

Upon arrival, the marine patrol found Lawrence D. Rublee, 63, of 3701 Monitor Place, Olney, Md. had been sailing with his niece, Shannon Theobald, 12.

They were rounding Bluff Point when the small sailboat overturned. After righting the craft, an accidental jibbing occurred, causing the boom of the sail to swing quickly and strike Rublee in the head. Rublee and his niece were assisted to shore by a passing boater, Joe Gregory of Clarksville, Md. 

Upon arrival at the scene Marine Patrol Officer Brian Housel began patient assessment and care and was later assisted by Branchport First Responders and Penn Yan Ambulance personnel. 

Rublee was taken to Soldiers & Sailors Hospital for treatment and later released.

After responding to the call with Branchport/Keuka Park Fire Department,  James White, 74, of 218 Cherry St., Keuka Park noticed a large amount of smoke coming from the engine compartment of his vehicle. 

Department members quickly extinguished the fire.  Damage was confined to the rear of the engine and the insulation on the firewall.