Carbon monoxide leak in NY sends 42 to hospital

Authorities said US Merchant Marine Academy water heater was found to be leaking poisonous gas; 8 injured students back at school

The Associated Press

KINGS POINT, N.Y. — Eight of the 42 U.S. Merchant Marine Academy students who were hospitalized after carbon monoxide was found to be leaking at the Long Island facility have returned to the school.

According to Newsday, a North Shore University Hospital spokeswoman said the eight were treated and released, and returned to the Kings Point school Monday morning.

The conditions of the other students, who were taken to other hospitals, were not immediately known.

Authorities said a water heater was found to be leaking carbon monoxide shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday. The leak was in the Academy's Barry Hall.

The Merchant Marine Academy prepares students for careers in the maritime industry. Its 82-acre campus is on Long Island, about 20 miles east of New York City.

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