Three drown after yacht capsizes off Long Island

The yacht was heading back from the 36th Annual Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks Celebration.

A private yacht ferrying 27 friends and family to watch Fourth of July fireworks capsized off New York’s Long Island and three children drowned, Nassau County Police said on Thursday.

The children’s bodies were found in the cabin of the submerged boat in the waters off the town of Oyster Bay after a 911 call was placed at about 10:10 p.m. on Wednesday, police said.

“These individuals were out observing a fireworks show. They were returning from this fireworks display,” Detective Lieutenant John Azzata of Nassau County Police said at a news conference on Thursday.

Investigators were trying to determine what caused the 34-foot (10.4-metre) boat to sink, including overcrowding, a strong thunderstorm in the area at about the same time, a mechanical problem and wakes from other boats.

“We are looking into possible overcrowding, there were 27 people on the boat,” Azzata said.

Also under investigation is whether the 1984 Silverton cabin cruiser was equipped with 27 life preservers for all onboard, as required by law. Children under age 12 are required to wear a life jacket while on board, except while in the cabin, Azzata said.

Police scuba divers and other authorities found the bodies of a 12-year-old boy, an 11-year-old girl and an 8-year-old girl in the cabin of the sunken boat. None of the children has the same last name but it was unclear whether they were related, Azzata said. He declined to describe their relationship to the owner, whose boat was a “very recent purchase.”

Neither the boat owner nor a second operator was suspected of driving while intoxicated, Azzata said. The district attorney’s office was contacted, although it remains unknown whether criminal charges will be filed.

The remaining 24 passengers, all family members and their friends, were rushed to area hospitals but were released, Azzata said. He did not have a breakdown of adults, the oldest being about 40, and children.

The boat started sinking in 21 feet of water inside Cold Spring Harbor off the shore of Oyster Bay, Azzata said. It quickly began drifting and soon was in 60 to 70 feet of water, where it remained on Thursday amid efforts to recover the vessel.

At an earlier press conference, Nassau County Police Inspector Kenneth Lack described how a night of holiday fun suddenly turned to mayhem.

“There was a lot of people in the water,” Lack said. “Tragically, though, three people did not make it out.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

California passes 'yes-means-yes' campus sexual assault bill

Californian lawmakers passed a law on Thursday requiring universities to adopt "affirmative consent" language in their definitions of consensual sex, part of a nationwide drive to curb sexual assault on…

National

Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all…

By Stephanie NebehayGENEVA (Reuters) - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance…

International

North Korean leader's money manager defects in Russia:…

A senior North Korean banking official who managed money for leader Kim Jong Un has defected in Russia and was seeking asylum in a third country, a South Korean newspaper…

Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures August 29,…

The Department of Transportation and NYPD said there may be residual delays near all of the street closures on August 29, 31 and 31. Several streets and avenues will be…

Going Out

'Friends' coffeehouse Central Perk coming to NYC —…

"Friends" is coming back for a one-off special: "The One with the Free Coffee." Warner Bros. is bringing a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

Movies

Criterion's new Jacques Demy box mixes the light…

Jacques Demy, the most effervescent of French New Wave filmmakers, gets a Criterion box all to himself, with classics like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

Entertainment

Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, rushed to New York…

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Thursday after she reportedly…

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…