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Drowned girl's parents push for safer boating

Lisa and Paul Gaines, whose 7-year-old daughter Victoria died in a July Fourth boat accident, attend a boating regulations hearing by the State Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations. Videojournalist: Rachel Chinapen (Aug. 8, 2012)

A succession of speakers at a state hearing Wednesday testified that New York State boating safety laws need to be strengthened significantly to protect the public.

The most prominent witnesses at the hearing were the parents of Victoria Gaines, 7, who died with two other children aboard the 34-foot Silverton cabin cruiser that capsized as it returned from a July 4 fireworks display with 27...

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