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Lost at Sea
Saturday, I am attending a memorial service for the son of a workmate who was lost at sea off the coast of San Francisco about 10 days ago. This is not related to the previous postings. Details are sketchy but this is my understanding of events:
The Dad, his son and friend were moving a 20 foot sailboat up the California coast to Canada--in 15 ft seas and 30 kt winds they attempted to enter San Francisco Bay and failed, ending up on a treacherous beach known locally for its riptides.
A wave took the Dad and his friend out of the boat: they were in poor shape but rescued by Air/Sea swimmers. The son was tethered to the boat because he was at the helm. The retractable keel boat capsized, was dismasted, the hull was breached, buoyancy lost, and the hull and young man both sank. He has not been recovered to date.
It seems it is still possible to be lost at sea within sight of land, with rescuers on the job.