CBS2 Exclusive: Family Of Long Island Doctor Killed In Boating Accident Speaks Out

CBS2 Exclusive: Family Of Long Island Doctor Killed In Boating Accident Speaks Out


DEADLY FALL, HIS FAMILY SPOKE EXCLUSIVELY WITH CBS2’S JESSICA BORG. HE WILL BE SORELY MISSED. AND HIS FAMILY, AND BY HIS COLLEAGUES. Reporter: DR. RICHARD MA LUCCI WAS KNOWN AS RICKY, THE ANESTHESIOLOGIST DIED WHILE BOATING WITH HIS WIFE SATURDAY NIGHT ON THE LONG ISLAND SOUND NEAR MILFORD, CONNECTICUT, HIS CHILDREN AND SIBLINGS ARE IN SHOCK. MOST CARING, RESPONSIBLE, DEAR PERSON THAT EVER WALKED THE FACE OF THE EARTH. Reporter: MA LUCCI WAS AN AVID BOATER. HE WAS ON HIS 25-FOOT BOAT AT 6:00 AT NIGHT WHEN A DAY ON WATER TURNED TRAGIC. THE WINDS CHANGED. THE CURRENT, WHATEVER WAS ON THE SOUND, AND THIS HAPPENS. AND HE WAS ON THE TOP DECK AND LOST HIS FOOTING. Reporter: HIS WIFE WAS BELOW THE DECK AND HEARD THE SPLASH. ATTEMPTED TO THROW A LIFE RING OUT SEVERAL TIMES WITHOUT SUCCESS AND ULTIMATELY THE VESSEL DRIFTED ABOUT A MILE OR SO AWAY FROM WHERE THE INCIDENT OCCURRED. Reporter: DIVERS FOUND HIS BODY IN THE FRIGID WATER NEARLY ONE HOUR LATER. HIS FAMILY SAYS DOCTOR MELUCCI WAS DEDICATED TO HIS WORK AND SPENT COUNTLESS HOURS WITH PATIENTS IN PORT JEFFERSON. HE HELPED CURB THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC ON LONG ISLAND, HELPING HIS PATIENTS WITH PAIN MANAGEMENT. THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO GO ON HORRENDOUS OPIOIDS THAT SO MANY OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ARE BECOMING ADDICTED TO. Reporter: NOW HIS FAMILY IS PLANNING TO BURY THE 43-YEAR- OLD FATHER, A MAN WHO SPENT

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