Boating Experts Say NY Yacht Overcrowded; 3 Dead
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A yacht that capsized with 27 friends and family aboard on an outing to watch fireworks was severely overcrowded and doomed to tip over, safety experts said Thursday as the skipper blamed the tragedy on a wave that came out of the dark. (July 5)


(HUNTINGTON, NY - 5 JULY 2012)[Notes:SOURCE: ALL AP EXCEPT POLICE NEWS CONFERENCE]THE DAY AFTER A SEVERELY CROWDED YACHT CAPSIZED OFF THE LONG ISLAND COAST, KILLING THREE CHILDREN, OTHER BOATERS REACTED SWIFTLY.4. SOUNDBITE (English) Oliver Bodine - 20 years sailing boats in the Long Island Sound:"Initial reaction was irresponsible captain, inexperienced boaters" "(reporter) why do you say that?""just from the description of the boat, the length of the boat, the number of people reported on board the description from some of the other boaters out here on the water." 4. SOUNDBITE: (English) John Azzata/Detective Lieutenant, Nassau County Police Homicide Squad:"We are currently researching the cause for this boat to sink. We're looking at several avenues, one of which would be overcrowding on the boat. There was 27 people on this boat that was a combination of adults and children. Three of those 27 people, the children, are deceased. They are twelve, eleven and eight years old."THE 34-FOOT-VESSEL WAS SAILING OFF OYSTER BAY. AN INDEPENDENCE DAY VOYAGE WHICH ENDED WITH THE BOAT 60-FEET UNDERWATER. THE CHILDREN DIED WHEN THEY WERE TRAPPED IN THE CABIN.6. SOUNDBITE (English) Oliver Bodine - 20 years sailing boats in the Long Island Sound:There is a high percentage of inexperienced boaters. perhaps drink too much alcohol and perhaps have too many people on board it just creates a dangerous situation after the Fireworks are over particularly. Coming back into Huntington harbour looks like the Spanish armada coming in."IN THIS CASE, POLICE SAY ALCOHOL DOES NOT APPEAR TO have PLAYED A ROLE.6. SOUNDBITE: (English) John Azzata/Detective Lieutenant, Nassau County Police Homicide Squad:"The boat was being operated by two individuals. Those two individuals were checked, and there is no evidence or suspicion of any type of intoxicants being utilized in the operation of this boat."THE YACHT COMPANY FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY IN APRIL. IT'S NOT CLEAR HOW MANY PEOPLE THE VESSEL WAS DESIGNED TO HOLD.MATT FRIEDMAN.(****END****) ANCHOR VOICE: -------------------------VIDEO PRODUCER: matt friedman---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: ap/WABC (POLICE NEWS CONFERENCE ONLY)-----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: ----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: COURTESY----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): --------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE: