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Boating Experts Say Capsized NY Yacht Was Overcrowded

A man operating a yacht full of holiday revelers that capsized on the Fourth of July just off New York’s Long Island says the boat was hit by a rogue wave.

Image courtesy of WNBC-TV

Sal Aureliano told TV’s News12 Long Island on Thursday he was taking the Candi I home when lightning cracked and moments later the boat was hit by a wave. He says it tilted, then kept turning and turning. He says it was chaos.

There were 27 people on board. Three children died.

Safety experts say the boat was overcrowded.

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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