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Re: Bryan Chong's first hand recount of the Low Speed Chase tragedy

Originally Posted by MedSailor View Post
I seriously doubt that the 5 souls lost were dead when they hit the water. More likely they drowned for lack of ablity to be found.
No. They got too close and were dumped into a raging surf zone against rocks. Bryan himself mentioned that he felt he was going to lose his pfd due to the water pressure alone. And the CG mentioned how beat up the other survivors were from the rocks.

Once they were all in the surf, it was over. 15' breakers onto rocks? Think about that. It'll hold you down and strip you clean. Other racers 100 yards away knew exactly where they were - there was just nothing that could be boat or helo.

The lesson here, as Bryan points out, is what we all already know...stay on the boat. Period.

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