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post #6 of Old 08-14-2012 Thread Starter
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Re: Help find missing boat in eastern Lake Erie

It is unclear why the CG let this boat go adrift. I happened to be at MHYC Saturday evening and helped this boat cast off the fuel dock at 8:20pm. We saw the flares while eating dinner at around 8:45 and had the CG notified. Saturday night was miserable with 6 foot waves, rain, and 20+ knot winds. Speculation was that the CG sent a RIB out from Fairport harbor to take the crew off . I imagine the 2 crew panicked in those conditions with a fouled prop/rudder. It would be impossible to get the main up in those conditions as the boat be abeam to the wind and pitching violently. I'm pretty sure the boat didn't have roller furling. In any case sailing back into MHYC was not an option because the cut was treacherous in those conditions especially at night. I hope the boat is found.
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