A sunny day of kayaking for a New York City police officer and his young
son turned deadly Friday in a bizarre boating accident that has left
NYPD officer Patrick Luca, 41, a 21-year veteran cop who worked out
of police headquarters in Lower Manhattan, took his 5-year-old son out
for a routine kayaking trip at 1:30 Friday afternoon in Long Island
Sound, near his Smithtown, Long Island, home.
At approximately 2:45 p.m. that same day, passers-by on a motorboat
found the officer’s son, alive and bobbing in Smithtown Bay near the
mouth of the Nissequogue River. The boy was wearing a life jacket, and
was scared and shivering. The kayak was found 500 yards away.
After a search, Luca’s body was found at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, two
miles away and floating facedown in Smithtown Bay. He wasn’t wearing a
Luca was an experienced swimmer and often took his son kayaking,
according to reports. There were items found in the small boat, leading
police to believe the kayak didn’t capsize on the calm day.
All the boy could tell police was he watched his father “go down” into the water, according to the Daily News.