Man captaining yacht blames rogue wave for capsizing

The man who was at the helm of the 34-foot motorboat when it capsized in Cold Spring Harbor last night spoke to News 12 Long

OYSTER BAY - The man who was at the helm of the 34-foot motorboat when it capsized in Cold Spring Harbor last night spoke to News 12 Long Island about the deadly tragedy.Sal Aureliano, who is also the uncle of 12-year-old victim David Aureliano, says a rogue wave was responsible for the accident. He says he saw two bolts of lightning moments before the boat was swiped by a powerful wave.The National Weather Service had issued a warning for high winds and rain in the area just moments before the boat capsized.Aureliano says his brother-in-law owns the 1984 Silverton boat, named The Candi One. Besides Aureliano's nephew, two other children died in the incident. They have been identified as Harlie Treanor, 12, and Victoria Gaines, 8. Twenty-four people were rescued. To watch extended interviews with police and the captain of the capsized yacht, click on iO Extra on Channel 612.Police: 3 children dead after boat capsizes in Cold Spring HarborVIDEO: Police press conference on capsized boat

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