Dive Team Calls off Efforts; Will Resume Wednesday

Poor visibility deep beneath the waters of Oyster Bay is making the job difficult.

Poor visibility 60 feet beneath Oyster Bay is limiting progress on raising the wreck of the cabin cruiser that sank last week, leaving three dead, authorities said.

said Tuesday night that the search effort has been called off for the evening and will resume Wednesday.

Nassau Police divers and members of a special FBI unit are working to raise the Kandy Won, the 34-Silverton yacht that following a July 4 fireworks display. Twenty-four others made it off the ship alive.

The cause of the wreck remains under investigation.

Nassau police said the divers are being hampered by poor underwater visibility. The wreck is sitting on a sand bar and when divers set down on it, silt is kicked up, making visibility less than a foot, police said.

The experts plan to place a series of straps beneath the boat tied to inflatable devices. When the floats fill with air, the vessel will be hoisted to the surface.

The experts were called in to raise the craft gingerly in order to preserve possible evidence, authorities said.

Police said the recovery effort will begin again Wednesday.

leapinglaughter July 10, 2012 at 10:49 PM
I read that the boat owner's lawyer said "the boat was not overcrowded and its owner was responsible" ... yep, that's the kind of thing they pay lawyers to say.
peter cirino July 11, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Lawyers to protect irresponsible behavior. That's rich. On the inside cover of the Silverton 34 convertible Owners Manual it CLEARLY states: Maximum Recommended Number of Persons - 10 Maximum Recommended Load - 2,227 lbs. They were 17 people beyond the recommended capacity, and most likely 2,500-3000lbs over weight as well. Take a look at the police boat photos of this article, there are 13 people on that boat (similar size) and that looks crowded! A horrific outcome, that could have been avoided if any of the adults used common sense, and realize what they were doing was a stupid idea.
Pazzo July 11, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Imagining the scene reminds me of the raft of the Medusa, a that frigate ran aground off the coast of Africa. People were forced to float around on an overloaded raft and many died. Only these people were overloading for entertainment. Mindboggling.
Mike Clark July 11, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I own a 34 Silverton Convertible and I believe it is a very seaworthy boat. Some people are quick to jump to conclusions. My prayers go out to the family who lost loved ones in this tragic accident. The Captain of this vessel will have to live with the decisions he made on this fateful evening. Any vessel in adverse sea conditions can be dangerous. All Boaters need to expect the unexpected will happen and prepare for it ! Let the experts determime what may have happened and accountability fall where it may.


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