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.

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.

 

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