3 Kids Found Dead in Yacht Cabin After Horrible 4th of July Accident

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Not the same boat but similar size
Three children met a horrifying end this Fourth of July when the yacht they were on capsized and sank following a fireworks show. There were 27 people on the boat and all were rescued except for two girls and a boy: Victoria Gaines, 8; Harley Treanor, 11; and David Aurelino, 12. Tragically, the three were found drowned inside a cabin. David's uncle, Salvatore, was at the helm.

We don't know yet what caused the boat to capsize. Was it filled over capacity? Usually half as many people are recommended for 34-foot boat. There were about a hundred boats out that evening. Were the waters too crowded? There's so much about this awful accident that we still don't know.

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Perhaps life vests might have saved the three kids -- no word yet on whether they were wearing them. But kids under 12 are required to wear vests except when they're in a cabin, and all three were found inside a cabin -- so that's a rule that might not have saved them in this case. How would you get a tween to wear a life vest in a place where it's not required? And anyway, a child stuck inside a cabin on a sinking ship would have a hard time escaping.

For the parents' sake, I hope there is a thorough investigation and that they learn exactly what happened. That's what I would want if I were one of these kids' parents. Knowing wouldn't bring my child back to life, I know. But at least it would bring some closure. And maybe there's something to this accident that we can learn from -- that could save other kids' lives someday.

But in the meantime, my heart goes out to the victims' families. Independence Day will always be a day of heartbreak for them. What an awful end to what should be a happy day of celebration.

Have you ever known someone in a boating accident like this?

 

Image via nwclassicyacht/Flickr

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