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City Not Responsible For Drowning Death Of Four Teens In 2003, Says Judge

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The state's Appellate Division ruled Friday that the city cannot be held liable for the deaths of four teens who drowned while boating off of City Island nearly four years ago.

The court upheld a lower court's ruling, which tossed out lawsuits filed by the families of Henry Badillo, Max Guarino, Andrew Melnikov, and Charles Wertenbaker.

The families said the teens died because the 9-1-1 operator who took their call for help did not pass the message on to the harbor patrol, and because the city did not have the technology to trace the call. The teens perished in January, 2003.

Reports say the families would have won the case if they proved the teens were put in more danger because they thought help was on the way. In a statement, the city law department calls the case tragic, but says the court made the correct ruling.
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