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Ferry Boat Company Owner Convicted in 1998 Drowning

Joseph Mitlof, owner of Hudson Valley Waterways, in Valley Cottage, NY, was convicted by a U.S. District Court jury in White Plains, NY, of manslaughter and falsely advertising on the Web that his company operated Coast Guard-certified vessels in connection with a fatal ferry accident on the Hudson River near Nyack, NY, on August 23, 1998. Mitlof was charged under a Federal law that applies to vessel owners and captains. On September 28, Daniel Sheehan, who was piloting the boat, pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in the same drowning. OIG investigated this case with the U.S. Coast Guard and the New York State Park Police.