Questions linger on capacity limits in NY capsize

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Associated Press

Posted on August 12, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 12 at 1:01 PM

OYSTER BAY, N.Y. (AP) — The parents of one of three children who died in a July 4 boating accident in the waters off New York's Long Island are among those calling for improved safety standards.

Investigators have yet to determine whether 27 passengers were too many for the 34-foot Silverton yacht that capsized. Police say they also are considering weather conditions, a rogue wave and other factors.

Paul and Lisa Gaines say capacity standards should be set for vessels the size of the Kandi Won. The U.S. Coast Guard now only sets limits on boats 20 feet or smaller. The Coast Guard says its studies don't warrant changes.

Sen. Charles Schumer disagrees. He tells the AP he will introduce legislation mandating the Coast Guard take action.

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