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Old 03-10-2013
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Re: Islands Race fatality at San Clemente Island, loss of Uncontrollable Urge

After read the Sail Anarchy thread it seams that they did not launch a mayday, just a Pane Pane, that the Coast Guard was preparing to tow them and that a private company was contacted to do that the but were unable to due to bad weather. They give the idea that they have tried.

All a bit sketchy but the true is that they had two hours and a half and should be able to get rescued by somebody. I assume that if they contacted a tow company they were given assurances that the boat could be towed in time. The tow company should have sent a boat with capacity to reach them quickly and safely.

Given the small size and low weight of the boat a big semi-inflatable boat could do the job and also get there very quickly.

All this is very strange and I guess that we will know more about all this in time. That was a very stupid way to die and one that could have been prevented. Something wrong on all this.
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