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post #6 of Old 01-09-2005
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The owner of the boat (Satori) was a retired Coast Guard captain and experienced sailor. He embarked on the trip with the intent of single handing but took on two crew at the last minute (he believed they were somewhat experienced). The crew panicked during the storm and may have triggered a Mayday during a radio call supposedly to notify authorities of their position (the crews’ comments during the call are unknown). This triggered the Coast Guard who dispatched a jet to fly over the boat during which time the panicking crew wanted to be evacuated. The Coast Guard ordered the evacuation of Satori who then were rescued by helicopter against the wishes of the captain.

An account of the incident is linked below.

http://world.std.com/~kent/satori/Narrative.html
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