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Re: Islands Race fatality at San Clemente Island, loss of Uncontrollable Urge

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Originally Posted by Bradhamlet View Post
So sad, like many others it did not need to happen. Coming from someone who has lost steering how do you refuse assistance when you have crew in your care? Sorry for their loss of life. We did have a storm blow through here this week and would think the northwest swell was running hard.

Brad
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... the boat first sent a mayday call but then waved off help from the Coast Guard and other boaters.
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Friday night, the crew radioed the mayday call and also activated a feature on the boat to provide authorities their GPS coordinates and other crucial information, but then declined assistance and requested a tow boat, she said.

However, stormy ocean conditions kept the tow boat from getting to them.

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“They were not in immediate danger and thought they would be able to manage completing the race and get assistance on their own,” said Chuck Hope, commodore of the San Diego Yacht Club. “Then things got worse.”

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Read more: 1 Dead, 5 Rescued From Calif. Racing Sailboat Accident | TIME.com

The only thing wrong here is that if they sent a mayday they couldn't have refused help. I don't know if they really sent a mayday, maybe they have sent a Pane Pane, that was the correct thing to do and the press mixed things.

Anyway it seems they were really unlucky:

the crew encountered more bad luck when attempts to deploy a life raft and anchor the boat failed.

Read more: 1 Dead, 5 Rescued From Calif. Racing Sailboat Accident | TIME.com

How can a life-raft deploy fail? That should be an interesting question and what kind and size of anchor they carried, with what warp?

Anyway there is a point I don't understand. it is said that they "waved" away the cost guard. If they wanted a tow why the Coast Guard did not tow them out of danger?

Does not US coast guard does that? In Europe Coast Guard tows boats (if they have capacity to do that and that was clearly the case) even if that is a charged service while rescuing lives it is not.

The organization could not tow them out of trouble, at least?

There are many things that don't seem clear to me...and it would also interesting to know what lead to rudder failure.

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Paulo
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