According to the findings by the Nassau County prosecutor’s office, the 34-foot Silverton Cruiser called the Kandi Won was barely stable in calm waters.
A new speed limit has been instituted for the Fourth of July fireworks show in the waters off the town of Huntington on Long Island.
The announcement reported Thursday by Newsday comes a year after a fatal boat accident involving spectators at the annual
The boat, a 34-foot Silverton Cruiser had 27 people on board, including 10 children. The three children that died, Victoria Gaines, Harley Treanor and David Aureliano, were trapped in the cabin, investigators said.
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.
“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.
The boat was to be pulled out of the water later Wednesday night, but officials would not say when to avoid the media caravan and spectacle.
A small white casket was carried out of St Patrick’s Church in Huntington at the funeral of Victoria Gaines, one of the girls who died when a boat capsized near Oyster Bay on the Fourth of July.
FBI dive teams are lifting the boat using air bladders to the Silverton vessel and inflating them, bringing the boat slowly to the surface where any remaining water will be pumped out.
The FBI has divers at the vessel that capsized and sank off Oyster Bay, killing three children on July 4. A funeral was held today for one of the victims, 12-year-old David Aureliano.
A stream of mourners attended the wakes of 8-year-old Victoria Gaines and 11-year-old Harley Treanor at separate funeral homes on Sunday.
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.
“Numerous challenges, depending where a boat goes down, you have currents, low visibility, you have all different kinds of debris,” said Mitch Kramer of North Shore towing.
The victims were among 27 people onboard a 34-foot Silverton yacht when it tipped over just after 10 p.m in Cold Spring Harbor Bay near Oyster Bay, authorities said.