OYSTER BAY, LONG ISLAND (PIX11)—Boating safety education and integration of enforcement on water are the two subjects discussed in detail at a state senate hearing called after a boating accident on Oyster Bay on July 4th killed 3 children.
Sitting through two days of testimony and hearings can be draining, especially taxing for Lisa and Paul Gaines. The Gaines' 7 year-old daughter Victoria died that night along with 11 year-old Harlie Treanor, whose father owns the boat, and her cousin 12 year-old David Aureliano, whose uncle was at the helm at the time of the accident.
27 passengers were aboard the Kandi Won - a 34 ft long vessel. 10 of the passengers were children, 17 of them adults.
Retrieved from the bay days later, there are reports the investigation so far has found boat was structurally and mechanical sound when it capsized after the fireworks show as several other boats also motored away from the area.
The hearing was called for by NY State Senator Carl Marcellino who told PIX11 of the testimony so far, he has taken an interest in education programs and ways to interweave agencies involved in boating enforcement so that they can better share information about owners with habitual bad behavior.
As the investigation into the July 4th accident has yet to be concluded - asked what impact the changes proposed at the hearing would have had on that night, Senator Marcellino candidly said, "no, we don't know that."