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Boozy boat crash at LaGuardia raises security concerns

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - A boozy Saturday night boat party ended with a crash into a runway pier at LaGuardia. But the Port Authority couldn't get to it because they have no nighttime boat patrols.

In light of this, there are new security concerns about how easy it is to get close to the planes. 

The 28 ft. 1981 Well-Craft boat with it's hull smashed, wedged right under the runway 22 extension at LaGuardia airport crashed around midnight Sunday morning, and was operated by a 51 year old man who had 2 party companions on board. 

Former Navy Seal Jonathan Gilliam is shaking his head. "There are a number of types of techniques and tactics to bring down a plane, and to get a boat this close, just makes it easier" he said.

The pleasure boat easily breached the 200 foot restricted waterway area around the airport. Law enforcement sources say it was spotted by Port Authority Police on video cameras , but they were limited in their response because they are only allowed to use boats in the daytime. PBA President Paul Nunziato says "The PAPD boats, purchased with federal funds for airport perimeter patrol and aircraft water rescue, should be on patrol 24 hours a day, seven days a week." Gilliam agrees. "The amount of money the Port Authority takes in, tons of money from bridges and tunnels, they should be able to have 24 hour patrols. It’s just ridiculous" he said.

In the meantime, the boater who crashed into the dock was arrested for Boating While Intoxicated and is presently going through the system.

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