Report: Overcrowding Caused L.I. Boating Tragedy
MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A report has found that overloading was the primary reason for a Long Island boating accident that claimed the lives of three children.
The stability analysis determined the boat capsized and sank during a July 4th outing last year in Oyster Bay “as a result of being overloaded and apparently encountering a 90-degree wave.”
“An exhaustive investigation utilizing nationally recognized experts found that a unique combination of circumstances caused this tragedy,” Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice stated.
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The boat had 27 people on board — including 10 children — when it capsized following the privately financed Dolan family fireworks show, which has been canceled this year.
In January, Rice ruled out criminal charges against the owner and operator. 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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