Chuckie Schumer’s Hot New Issue: Boat Capacity Signs

Posted by on Jul 15, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Never let a tragedy go to waste when you’ve got a Sunday presser to fill.

All recreational motorboats should be required to display passenger limits, a lawmaker said Sunday, pressing the Coast Guard to take action after three children died when a yacht carrying 27 people capsized July 4.

“In the memory of the children we lost on that awful day, we can take some simple steps to educate and warn boat owners and their passengers how many people a vessel can safely handle,” U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said, with relatives of one of the slain children echoing his call.

The children and two dozen other people were on a 34-foot-long motor yacht to watch Independence Day fireworks off Long Island when the boat overturned and sank. Victoria Gaines, 7; David Aureliano, 12, and his cousin, Harlie Treanor, 11, were trapped in the cabin and died.

I’m sure Schumer’s feigned concern is a comfort to the parents of the dead children.


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