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1 dead, 5 rescued from US racing sailboat accident

Last Updated: Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 09:20

San Diego: A sailor died and five others were rescued after abandoning a racing boat that lost its steering capability and drifted to an island off Southern California, where it was broken apart by crashing waves.

The Coast Guard says the crew issued a mayday call last night after the 9-metre sailboat`s rudder failed and the craft began drifting toward the rocky shore of San Clemente Island.

Petty Officer Connie Gawrelli says the crew declined assistance from the Coast Guard and requested a tow boat. However, rough seas kept that boat from reaching them.

An organiser of the Islands Race says the crew encountered more bad luck when attempts to deploy a life raft and anchor the boat failed.

Gawrelli said the accident occurred amid 2.4-metre swells and strong winds.


First Published: Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 09:20
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