If you owned a 34' Silverton power boat (yeah, I know, nobody here would), would you stuff it with 27 passengers, at 10:30 at night?
Based on the report, it appears that the problem was compounded by a large wake from another boat.... the already-compromised Silverton was hit by the wake.Three people were pulled out of New York's Long Island Sound overnight after a yacht capsized on the Fourth of July, and 24 others were rescued, police said.Nassau County Deputy Inspector Kenneth Lack said the three bodies were recovered from the water near Oyster Bay after a long overnight search.
The 24 survivors were pulled from the water around 11 p.m. ET Wednesday, about an hour after the 34-foot Silverton boat capsized, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Owners of private boats dragged people into their vessels until crews from law enforcement agencies and fire departments arrived, according to local reports.
Lack said some but not all passengers were wearing life jackets. He said weather may have played a factor or a wake from another vessel may have caused the boat to capsize.Newsday reported that the 27 people on board were watching the Fourth of July fireworks.
A boater told Newsday he saw the yacht turn right and then tip over after it was hit by a wake. "It was like in slow motion," said Sammy Balasso of Oyster Bay. "All of a sudden, a lot of bodies were in the water."
His nephew, 15-year-old Frankie Barbone of Bayview, said the waves almost came up over the yacht.
Balasso said he put the spotlight of his 38-foot speedboard on the Silverton and then threw all the life jackets he had with him into the water. He said he rescued 20 people who were later taken to the shore in police boats.
Nassau County Deputy Inspector Kenneth Lack told Newsday that most of the people rescued were taken to hospitals for observation but that one person was in critical condition.
I see this kind of thing periodically, even at my own marina; overloaded powerboats with inexperienced operators, and other boats throwing wakes way closer to 'no wake' zones than would be permitted, if the harbor patrol was present. The 4th of July is especially dangerous, since every yahoo is going to take their boat out to get closer to the fireworks. It's one of many reasons why I NEVER take my boat close to any place which is overcrowded with boats... a bad experience at the RI Air Show, maybe 20 years ago, cured me of that insanity.