Report: Overcrowding cause of NY boating accident

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Associated Press

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 5:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 3 at 5:33 AM

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A report has found that overloading was the primary reason for a Long Island boating accident that resulted in three deaths.

According to the findings by the Nassau County district attorney's office, the 34-foot yacht was barely stable in calm waters. It was carrying 29 people during a July 4th outing last year.

According to Newsday (http://bit.ly/12lmPwA), the stability analysis determined that the boat capsized and sank in Oyster Bay "as a result of being overloaded and apparently encountering a 90-degree wave."

In January, District Attorney Kathleen Rice ruled out criminal charges against the owner and operator. The county didn't state the cause of the accident until now.

The attorney for the owner said there were "contributing factors" not cited by the DA that can be explored in expected civil litigation.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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