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Yacht with fireworks watchers capsizes off New York; 3 kids killed

A Nassau County police boat is seen off New York's Long Island on Wednesday, July 4, 2012.

July 5, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A yacht packed with people watching fireworks on Fourth of July capsized off New York's Long Island, killing three children and sending 24 others into the Long Island Sound.

Police said the bodies of 12-year-old David Aurelino, 11-year-old Harley Treanor, and 8-year-old Victoria Gaines have been recovered from the waters near Oyster Bay.

According to witnesses, the yacht tipped over around 10 p.m. Wednesday after it was hit by a wake from another boat.

Owners of private boats pulled survivors out of the water and onto their vessels until authorities arrived. The U.S. Coast Guard said 24 people were rescued.