NY Boat Tragedy Could Have Been Prevented

NY Boat Tragedy Could Have Been Prevented

Officials are uncovering news that the tragic accident in Lake George, NY that killed 20 seniors, took place without the necessary crew on board.  The boat, Shoreline Cruises owned “Ethan Allen” should have been carrying at least two crewmembers.  Instead, the senior citizen lake cruise had only one captain, who was busy at the helm when the boat tipped over.

A total of 47 senior citizens and other passengers were aboard the Ethan Allen during the tragedy.  When a boat the size of Ethan Allen sails with more than 22 people, regulations state that there must be two crewmembers on board.  New York State’s Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has pulled the operating certificates for all of Shoreline Cruises’ 15 boats.

Investigators are still trying to figure out how the boat capsized but theorize that it may have tilted over in another boat’s wake.  Passengers aboard have told how the seats and the other people all shifted to one side, possible causing the boat to dangerously tilt over.

So far nine victims’ names have been released and they are all from either Michigan or Ohio and between 67 and 89 years of age.

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