The new law requires operators of boats to take a safety course and have the certificate displayed on board the vessel.
Seventeen adults and 10 children were aboard the 34-foot-long vessel, named Kandi Won, to watch Independence Day fireworks off Long Island when the boat overturned and sank near Oyster Bay.
When it comes to boating safety in the state of New York, critics claim the rules are lax and out of date. But changes could soon be coming.
“In the memory of the children we lost on that awful day, we can take some simple steps to educate and warn boat owners and their passengers about how many people a vessel can safely handle,” U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said.
A lawyer for the family of eight-year-old Victoria Gaines said that they formed a trust fund to help the family with expenses associated with the tragedy.
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