Overcrowding the cause of pleasure-boat capsize

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A 34-foot Silverton yacht that capsized last year while leaving a July 4 fireworks show, killing three children, capsized because it was overcrowded, a New York prosecutor said in a report released Wednesday.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, who said earlier this year that no criminal charges would be filed, noted that despite the findings, federal boating regulations still do not require capacity limits for vessels 20 feet and longer.

"Some people maintain a cultural belief that pleasure boating is the last bastion of recreation that is free from over-regulation," the report said. "Unfortunately these views tend toward a sentimental oversimplification of the nature of recreational boating."

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