Sunken NY yacht to be raised, may offer clues

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Associated Press

Posted on July 6, 2012 at 3:01 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 6 at 5:34 PM

OYSTER BAY, N.Y. (AP) — A sunken yacht on which three children died during an Independence Day outing must be raised from the waters off New York's Long Island before officials can determine what caused the accident.

There were 10 children and 17 adults aboard the Kandi Won when it tipped and sank following a holiday fireworks show, trapping three children in the main cabin.

Boating experts says the 34-foot-long yacht was too full and was bound to capsize.

A line was tied from police boats to the sunken vessel on Friday so it wouldn't drift away. The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard may help raise the boat, which is submerged 60 feet below the surface.

Yacht owner Kevin Treanor is related to some of the victims. His insurance company lawyer says he'd like to know if something mechanical was responsible.

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