Experts and detectives are of the tragic Fourth of July sinking that .
Eyewitnesses have speculated on the cause of the capsizing, including overloading the boat past a safe capacity and irresponsible boaters who drove past, knocking the boat over in their wake.
Key questions being asked include:
- Were there too many people aboard the 34-foot Silverton at the time. Investigators said 27 were aboard when it capsized. Boating experts believe that number to be excessive for a boat of that size.
- Did speeding boats making a fast getaway from the area cause a large wake sufficient to capsize the boat?
- Was pilot error to blame in any way?
- Was approaching bad weather a factor?
- Were there a sufficient number of life vests aboard? One is required for each passenger (although they need not be worn by all.)
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Some are taking this as a sign that boating regulations and enforcement must change.
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