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Old 07-05-2012, 02:29 PM   #7
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Usually firworks are some distance away, and not in a 360 degree pattern. Imagine a 34' boat overloaded with 27 people. The boat could probably have enough bouyancy to support the weight if it was well distributed, and the boat was handled slowly and carefully.

Now imagine the same boat when 27 people were all on one side watching fireworks. Crazy. The poor kids were supposed to be under the care of adults. That is criminal.

A similar situation occurred in Calabougie Sound off Hilton Head. A 50' Marine Trader that was used in charter service for cruises and dolphin watching flipped. No deaths, but about 50 prople went into the water Luckily the water was fairly shallow, and the boat was on its side but not totally under.. They were mostly on the top deck and ran to one side to see the dolphins. The boat was raised and brought into Palmetto Bay by Majers Diving and Salvage. It stayed there while work was being done. Don't know what finally happened to the boat.
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