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Three Dead After Yacht Capsizes on Long Island Sound

More than two dozen people were on the boat watching fireworks Wednesday night when it capsized just off the coast of Oyster Bay, N.Y.

Three people are dead — all of them children — after a 34-foot Silverton motor yacht capsized in the Long Island Sound Wednesday night, according to an ABC News report.

The boat was carrying 27 people at the time of the accident, which occured just off the coast of  

The U.S. Coast Guard Station New Haven reports it received a call about the incident around 11 p.m.

Local police stated the passengers were out on the water watching 4th of July fireworks when the area — filled with many other boaters as well — was struck by a thunderstorm.

Investigators say the storm, as well as crowded conditions on the water and in the boat, may have contributed to the accident.

In addition to the coast guard and local first responders, several private boaters also assisted in the rescue effort, with all 27 passengers pulled from the water.

One person was removed from the water dead. Two others were found by divers within the boat after it sank, ABC News reports.

Officials report some of the passengers may not have been wearing life jackets at the time the incident occured.

Lori Fogler Nicholson July 05, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Anyone who puts 27 people on a 34 foot boat should have their boating license revoked. Unfortunately that accident was preventable and human stupidity destroyed 3 lives. I remember when the Coast Guard and local police did boardings during big holiday boating weekends. Boats I've been on have been boarded and these safety checks save lives. I only wish the authorities had made their rounds that night because I can guarantee that boat would have been sent back to the harbor and those children would be alive today.What a horrible story made all the more disturbing because of human error. Why isn't the the Coast Guard actively doing safety checks? Where are the police during these big boating events? There is no law enforcement on Branfords waterways...or Oyster Bay. Just yesterday a boat went by the gas dock throwing up a huge wake which almost threw a guy overboard while fueling up. Preventable and avoidable...and yet zero presence by law enforcement. This story just indicates how weak enforcement is and how many ill equipped boaters are out there.

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