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3 Dead, 24 Rescued After Yacht Capsizes Off NY

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File photo of a capsized yacht. (Photo by Otago Daily Times/Getty Images)

File photo of a capsized yacht. (Photo by Otago Daily Times/Getty Images)

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OYSTER BAY, N.Y. (AP) — A yacht capsized off New York’s Long Island on the Fourth of July, killing three people and sending 24 others into the Long Island Sound, where many were rescued by fellow boaters, police said Thursday.

The three dead were recovered from the water near Oyster Bay after a long overnight search, said Nassau County Deputy Inspector Kenneth Lack.

“Tragically three people were killed in this boating accident,” he told reporters. “We are not giving out the ages right now.”

Preliminary causes for the accident “could be a combination of the weather and a wake from another vessel,” Lack said. He said investigators will be looking at possible overcrowding on the vessel.

He said the first body was found shortly after the 911 call came in at 10:10 p.m. on Wednesday, and the two others were found later inside the yacht.

He said the operation took a long time because “at night in an area like this, it is very dangerous.

“It was a lot of people in the water. It was a tremendous response from all the agencies,” Lack said. “Most people were taken aboard other crafts very quickly.”

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Anthony Kozak said the Silverton yacht was submerged.

Some survivors were taken to a yacht club.

Lack said some but not all passengers onboard the 34-foot boat had been wearing life jackets.

“We believe they were out looking at fireworks” he said.

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