Ceremony set to mark anniversary of NY cruise boat tragedy

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — A ceremony is being held to mark the 10th anniversary of the capsizing of an Adirondack cruise boat that killed 20 tourists from the Midwest.

The Ethan Allen was taking 48 mostly elderly passengers from Michigan on a tour of Lake George when it tipped over and sank on Oct. 2, 2005, off the western shore a few miles north of the village of Lake George.

The boat’s captain and 27 passengers survived, but 20 other passengers died. They were among a group of retirees taking a fall foliage tour of the Northeast.

Officials later determined the vessel was overloaded because standards for the weight of passengers were outdated and changes made to the boat had affected its stability.

A memorial service is being held at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the village monument dedicated to the Ethan Allen victims.

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