Investigators are beginning to examine the 34-foot Silverton convertible that capsized and sank July 4 on Long Island Sound, killing three children, after it was raised Wednesday from 60 feet of water.
The vessel was towed to shore, where investigators did a cursory inspection, then trucked overnight to the Nassau County Police Marine Bureau in East Rockaway, N.Y, for a thorough examination.
Discussions about probable causes have focused on wakes, overloading, a possible mechanical failure and weather, according to statements from survivors, investigators and attorneys representing the victims’ families and the boat’s owner. Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor.
There were 27 people aboard the 1984 Silverton, named Kandi Won, when it capsized in congested waters off Oyster Bay, N.Y., after fireworks.
Investigators will check for structural damage or a mechanical failure and try to determine how many life jackets were aboard.
"We'd like to have the boat in as pristine condition as possible," Det. Lt. John Azzata, commander of the Nassau County homicide squad, told Newsday.
"Thirty-four-foot boats shouldn't roll over, with or without people on it," James Mercante, an insurance company lawyer representing the boat’s owner, Kevin Treanor, told reporters. He urged investigators to look into whether a mechanical failure might have been a factor, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
Mercante also said there were enough life jackets on board for all passengers and then some and noted that the children weren’t required to wear PFDs while in the cabin.