Three children were killed and 24 others rescued after a yacht carrying fireworks spectators capsized in the Long Island Sound on July 4.
According to authorities, the deceased children, 12-year-old boy David Aurelino and two girls 11-year-old Harley Treanor and 8-year-old Victoria Gaines were recovered from the boat's cabin after an overnight search in Oyster Bay.
The other 24 passengers were pulled from the water and released without injury.
While the incident is still under investigation, inspectors have said it could have resulted from a combination of the weather and a wake from another vessel. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor.
Storms did pass through the Oyster Bay area last night around 10:28 p.m. EDT according to AccuWeather radar, though the exact time of the capsize has not been reported.
"There was a powerful thunderstorm in the vicinity near the time of the accident," said AccuWeather Expert Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. "It could have produced high winds and localized rough seas."
Additionally, it is being investigated if overcrowding on the 34-foot 1984 Silverton cabin cruiser played a role, and if there were sufficient life vests on board.
The boat drifted after capsizing and is now sunken in about 60- to 70 feet of water, police reported.
AccuWeather radar indicates that a thunderstorm did pass over the Oyster Bay area at 10:28 p.m. on July 4, potentially producing strong winds and localized rough seas.
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