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Re: Another tragedy on the water
I also spent the July 4th holiday in Huntington, LI, NY, about 5 miles from where the accident occurred. I was not at the shore nor did I see the fireworks nearby. I don't care for the out of control crowds that flock to fireworks displays.
I found out about this incident the next morning at the youth sailing program I am a volunteer at. Quite a tragedy that this extended family are likely to never forget.
I had to laugh though, when I heard a radio news report say that "authorities are still investigating the cause of this accident; whether a rogue wave or equipment malfunction may have played a part in the accident". Rogue waves on LI Sound? Really?
I do believe that there must have been some large wakes left by other boats leaving the fireworks display but not 'rogue waves' on LI Sound.
People seem to lose their common sense on holidays like the 4th of July which is why I will not take my boat to such events as it is just too dangerous. Accidents happen even on land.
Last 4th of July my friend's brother-in-law (BIL) got run over by a pickup truck while going to retrieve a folding chair from his car. My friend's group wondered what happened to him as he did not return in 10 minutes as expected. About an hour later someone in their group got a cell phone call that BIL was being taken to Westchester Trauma Center with severe head injuries.
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