Officials work on plan to raise capsized NY yacht


Associated Press

Posted on July 6, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 6 at 2:32 PM

OYSTER BAY, N.Y. (AP) — It appears the yacht that capsized on Long Island Sound, killing three children, might not get raised before tomorrow. That's according to insurance company lawyer who is representing the boat's owner.

The 34-foot vessel capsized during a Fourth of July outing to watch fireworks with 27 people aboard.

Boat safety experts have said there were too many people on board. But the attorney, James Mercante, says yachts of that size shouldn't roll over, with or without people on it. He also lambasted reports that there were not enough life jackets on board the vessel, noting the three children who died were in the cabin, where no life vests were required.

Authorities say the cause is still being investigated but possibilities include the weather, overcrowding and a wake from another vessel.

Investigators are counting on gaining knowledge from the 24 survivors and the boat itself once it's brought up from 60 feet below the surface.

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265-a-14-(Oliver Bodine, sailor familiar with Long Island, with AP correspondent David Martin)-"reported on board"-Long Island sailor Oliver Bodine says it sounded like the capsized vessel was overcrowded. (5 Jul 2012)

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267-a-16-(Louis Contino, Long Island boater who took fireworks cruise near where a boat fatally capsized, in AP interview)-"to get home"-Long Island boater Louis Contino says the night of the capsize, the water was crowded and the weather took a difficult turn. (5 Jul 2012)

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APPHOTO NYRD104: TwoNassau County police boats are stationed near the opening to the Long Island Sound in Lloyd Harbor, N.Y., Friday, July 6, 2012. Investigators are trying to learn more about the crucial seconds before a yacht capsized off Long Island, killing three children and leaving 24 others scrambling for their lives. Efforts to raise the boat might begin as early as Friday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (6 Jul 2012)

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APPHOTO NYSW106: Oyster Bay near the opening to the Long Island Sound is seen from Lloyd Harbor, N.Y., Thursday, July 5, 2012. Police say three bodies have been pulled out of New York's Long Island Sound after a yacht capsized on the Fourth of July and 24 others were rescued. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (5 Jul 2012)

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