A preliminary report found that a 34-foot Silverton powerboat that capsized on Independence Day on New York’s Oyster Bay, killing three children, was structurally and mechanically sound.
Seventeen adults and 10 children were aboard the boat, named Kandi Won, to watch Independence Day fireworks off Long Island. The boat overturned and sank after the fireworks display.
Authorities have been investigating whether overcrowding, a mechanical problem, weather conditions or other factors played a part in the capsizing. Safety experts have said the boat was overcrowded, but the operator of the boat has blamed the tragedy on a sudden large wave.
The parents of a 7-year-old girl who was killed in the accident made an emotional appeal Wednesday for mandatory training for all boaters, capacity limits and other changes during a state Senate committee hearing.
"I just want to do everything I can to prevent this from ever happening again," Paul Gaines told reporters after the hearing. "I cannot stand the thought of this loss of my daughter's life being in vain."
Shortly after the accident, Soundings Trade Only asked contributing writer Eric Sorensen, who is the author of “Sorensen’s Guide to Powerboats,” consults for boatbuilders, the Navy and boat owners and was the founding director of the J.D. Power and Associates Marine Practice, to discuss boat design principles, especially as they relate to seaworthiness and the physics of buoyancy and stability.