Wreck of Sunken Cabin Cruiser Towed to Oyster Bay

Three children died in doomed vessel when it capsized and sank July 4; Police continue probe for cause.

The listing wreck of the Kandi Won was towed intact to a marina in Oyster Bay Wednesday afternoon where authorities will hoist it from the water and begin to examine the doomed pleasure craft.

With helicopters flying above Oyster Bay and onlookers gawking from the shore, a parade of police marine units towed the vessel inland near the Theodore Roosevelt Marina at about 5 p.m.

The vessel, listing badly to starboard but its flying bridge and antenae intact, was dragged into the nearby Sewanhaka Yacht Club. There, it will be hoisted to dry dock by use of a special crane.

Police will then transport the wreck by a tractor-trailer to a Nassau Police crime lab on the South Shore.

Police spokesmen said the boat will be examined for clues into what caused it to capsize and sink in the darkness July 4, just after the end of an annual fireworks display on the water. The process could take a week or more.

Authorities have said 27 people were aboard the vessel when it Three The other 24 survived.

Earlier Wednesday, a team of experts from the FBI managed to inflate flotation balls beneath the sunken Kandi Won, the 34-foot Silverton cabin cruiser. The dive teams had been hampered by poor visibility 60 feet beneath Oyster Bay.

The wreck had been lying on a sandbar that kicked up underwater clouds of dust each time a diver stepped on the sea bed. 

The task wasn't easy.

First, water inside the vessel had to be pumped out, making the boat more buoyant.

The search and recovery efforts began Monday when the FBI was called in to assist in the project. Divers spent seven hours at the site on Tuesday, but could not raise the wreck.

The cause of the wreck remains under investigation. The meticulous efforts to raise the boat are designed to preserve any evidence the doomed pleasure craft may yield.

Jason Molinet July 13, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Here's the latest: http://patch.com/A-vYJR
Don Thomas July 15, 2012 at 03:35 AM
I have this same boat only its a 1985. This style was made for about 6 yrs and there are hundreds of them still out there. I have been in water so rough with her that the fly bridge was touching the water from side to side and have never felt that she would capsize. I think that poor judgement and seamanship are a factor here. I can't imagine having 27 people on my boat. There just isn't enough room. People get a false sense of security with larger boats and think they have a lot of realstate on the water. When you lose respect for the water, its just a matter of time for something to go wrong.
Capt quinn July 16, 2012 at 07:20 PM
No mechanical damage is needed for this to happen there clearly were way to many onboard that boat was riding lower then designed for it was a tragedy waiting to happen the skipper and the owner should be held liable why is common sense thrown out the window and never a bit of accountability held?? People move around put wrong amount of weight to one side and any sharp turn or rough water and yes she will list and then roll cause she is sitting too low ....this is a well made vessel I have worked on boats and operated them for years and would take this one into nasty seas if I had to knowing she could Handel them but you screw with too much ballast and it's game over......family members were quoted as saying there were many long time boat owners aboard well shame on all them for not one saying hey let's look at this before we launch. And I'm sure someone saw that boat earlier in the night and still fell distraught for not saying something coast guard would probably have have put an end to that trip.....the one I asked said he would not comment it is a tragedy since three innocent children lost there life, and one mom said we thought the cabin was safe??? The whole boat was just a disaster in the making, once the show was over and multiple wakes in different directions?? Farewell to you all me fair Spanish ladies.
bk July 17, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Funny thing no one here mentioned is that Almost ALL the Police, FBI , Media on the Bay retriving the kandi won were NOT wearing PFD's! UMMM? policing more is A Joke!!!
bk July 17, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I have counted 10 people on the police boat in photo 6 and only 1 is wearing a life jacket! and one on the Constable's boat. The 2 guys on the Kandi won NONE and the two on the whaler NONE!


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