Ethan Allen Boating

The Ethan Allen was a 40-foot, glass-enclosed tour boat operated by Shoreline Cruises on Lake George in upstate New York. On October 2, 2005, at 2:55 p.m., with 47 passengers–all from Michigan and Ohio and mostly seniors–aboard, the Ethan Allen capsized and sank just south of Cramer Point in the Town of Lake George. Twenty passengers died.

The Ethan Allen nonetheless pushed off and cruised through placid water, past green bluffs and historic mansions, to a cove near Cramer Point where the captain noticed an approaching wake. It struck the hull before he could fully turn the boat, sending passengers sliding down the benches. The boat heeled to port, then capsized completely. "I was in a washing machine-agitating atmos-phere where I was swimming for my life," 67-year-old Carole Mahalak later told the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). She struggled through an open window toward the light.