Judge dismisses suit against company that modified tour boat before Lake George, NY, tragedy

Judge dismisses suit in Lake George, NY, tragedy

ALBANY, N.Y. — A federal judge in New York has dismissed a lawsuit against a company that modified a tour boat that capsized on Lake George, killing 20 passengers.

The Ethan Allen was carrying 47 passengers when it abruptly overturned in October 2005 in New York’s Adirondack Mountains.

U.S. District Judge Thomas McAvoy ruled Monday that there’s no evidence available about an old canvas and metal canopy once on the boat, so there’s no way to determine if a replacement wooden canopy installed by Scarano Boat Building made the vessel unstable.

Federal investigators concluded the boat was dangerously unstable and shouldn’t have been carrying so many passengers.

Boat owner James Quirk settled claims last year. A separate suit pending against the state faults its safety inspections.

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