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Two Men Charged in Boating Accident

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The owner of Shoreline Cruises and the Captain of the Ethan Allen were both charged with a criminal misdemeanor over the October 2, 2005 boating accident. 20 people were killed when the boat rolled over on a fall color tour on Lake George in New York.

Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan said the grand jury also made several legislative recommendations, the specifics of which won’t be released until a county court judge accepts the report, she said.

“They were greatly moved by this case,” Hogan said of the grand jury. She read a statement from the panel: “This accident was a great tragedy,” the statement said. “Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and friends.”

The boat was loaded with 47 passengers and only one crew member at the time of the accident. Testing of the boat showed it was unstable with more than 14 people onboard.