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A Cautionary Tale

Mystery remains in death of boater found off Long Beach coast - Press-Telegram

Short story: very experienced sailor ran aground in rough seas between Catalina and Marina del Rey. They found his boat, but not him. A few days later, some people found his body floating several miles away.

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He did not "run aground" between Catalina and Marina Del Rey--there is no "ground" between the two. Evidently he went overboard in rought weather and I suspect died of exposure as the water is only in the 60's. His boat was a 26' Folkboat and in the big seas and winds that can build in the Catalina Channel, was likely bouncing around pretty well (been there, done that, got the T-shirt on a Cal 2-29. Wouln't like doing it again.) He was a very experienced--well liked--sailor wearing a PFD but was not tethered to the boat. A terrible waste for a moment's indiscretion. Our hearts go out to his wife and family.

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that's awful... just goes to show that even the best can be overcome by the power of the sea, and to never forget the importance of safety equipment.

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Bill--

He did not "run aground" between Catalina and Marina Del Rey--there is no "ground" between the two.
All I know is that the several different reports I read indicated that boat had struck some rocks in the area and was found aground. I am not familiar with the area, so I dunno.

Anyhow, it is a sad tale in any case.

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Short story: very experienced sailor ran aground in rough seas between Catalina and Marina del Rey. They found his boat, but not him. A few days later, some people found his body floating several miles away.
You simply misread the paragraph. What it is saying is that Kirschbaum (who was a client of mine, when he had the boat here in the Bay Area, BTW) went overboard between Catalina and MDR. The boat came ashore by itself at MDR.

"Investigators believe he may have been swept off his 26-foot sailboat "Feral" in rough seas between Catalina and Marina del Rey, where the boat ran into rocks Sunday afternoon."
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Gotcha. There was another report I read yesterday that indicated he had run aground. I thought it was odd, because it did not explain how him running aground had caused him to disappear from the boat.

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Bill--

I apologize if my response to your post seemed prefunctory. It was not intended in theat manner.

The yacht washed up on Venice/Ocean Beach north of Marina Del Rey:



Further information is available at Latitude 38 - 'Lectronic Latitude and Latitude 38 - 'Lectronic Latitude

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