Overcrowding cause of deadly LI yacht accident

Overcrowding cause of deadly LI yacht accident

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The FBI dive team and Nassau County Police pull alongside of the Kandi Won after the vessel was raised from the floor of Oyster Bay off New York’s Long Island, Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Newsday, Howard Schnapp, Pool) The FBI dive team and Nassau County Police pull alongside of the Kandi Won after the vessel was raised from the floor of Oyster Bay off New York’s Long Island, Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Newsday, Howard Schnapp, Pool)

A report released by the Nassau County district attorney's office states that overloading was the primary reason for a Long Island boating accident that resulted in the deaths of three children.

According to the findings, the 34-foot yacht was barely stable in calm waters. It was carrying 29 people during a July 4th outing last year.

"On July 4, 2012, a boating tragedy in Oyster Bay claimed the lives of three innocent children, Victoria Gaines, Harley Treanor and David Aureliano. An exhaustive investigation utilizing nationally recognized experts found that a unique combination of circumstances caused this tragedy, and in January this office announced that the evidence did not support criminal charges," said District Attorney Kathleen Rice.

The stability analysis determined that the boat capsized and sank in Oyster Bay "as a result of being overloaded and apparently encountering a 90-degree wave."

The county didn't state the cause of the accident until now.

The attorney for the owner said there were "contributing factors" not cited by the DA that can be explored in expected civil litigation.

 

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