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Officials bar annual lake party 1 year after girl's death

Officials bar annual lake party 1 year after girl's death

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities have closed off a popular bay on an Adirondack lake to boaters, successfully scuttling an annual alcohol-fueled party a year after a fatal boat crash followed the event last summer.

An 8-year-old California girl was killed and her mother seriously injured last July when the family motor boat was hit by another boat driven by an impaired man who had spent the day partying at Log Bay Day.

The tragedy prompted local officials to take steps to end the party, held on the last Monday in July since the late 1990s. Officials say a police dive team boat turned away two private boats seeking to enter the bay Monday morning.

Log Bay Day typically attracts hundreds of people drinking on boats moored in the shallow, sandy-bottomed bay.