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agreed, a wall of water is not transparent from any angle. I have experienced such an event and with the added undertow , i didnt know which way was up. I for one, from now on will always sail with a PFD which includes a location becon. I think that everyone should consider this as a manadatory safety precaution going forward.
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One of the stages of dealing with loss is rage and anger and we're seeing a little of that in this thread. With those who know Laura chiming in to confirm what a wonderful human being she is - it seems if we have lost her, the heartfelt anger is understandable. Even so, asserting blame and lashing out at others will not take away the pain and I doubt a good person would have wanted this done on her behalf. So, be angry but also respectful and fair to others at the same time. This (or anywhere on the Internet) is not a place to vent in the form of unsubstantiated accusations - this is a public forum and as always, people can be held accountable for written words if they're found to be defamatory.
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Hi All,
I am writing to you on the behalf of Meredith Jordan and Laura Zekoll’s family. We have a very important request of the boating and sailing community.
Meredith Jordan, family and friends are going to the Abacos today and need some assistance while there. I am acting as their land based liaison to communicate your responses. You can post them on this site or send them to me at lynmidas@aol.com.
Here is what is needed:
1. They can use any help from fellow boaters who would like to be part of the search for Laura and are willing to help with reasonable fuel costs, etc. This is only if the conditions are safe as no one wants additional risks to be taken related to Laura.
2. The family wants to hire a local captain and powerboat in the area for the search – preferably 24 feet or larger due to the conditions (center console is fine). Any recommendations?
3. A member recommended that the family consider hiring a plane for a search and/or asking about the possibility of a training exercise from the authorities. Does anyone have a recommendation of a pilot/plane, etc. ?
4. Any other recommendations?
5. Please post this to any other sites/forums that I may not have access to.
Your posts, thoughts and prayers are extremely appreciated by the family.
I look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your posts and recommendations to date.
Lyn
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Good.

Seems to me a place to start is with the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA)....contact them, tell them of your plans, and ask for recommendations for hiring a boat/captain and a plane.

You might also wish to contact Carolyn and Nick Wardle in Nassau. They are the Bahamas Cruising Station for the Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA), and have excellent access to BASRA.
Seven Seas Cruising Association
Tel:+242 362 1574, Fax:+242 362 2044
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Also, if you haven't already contacted the USCG SAR Center handling this incident, now would be a good time to do that in order to find out anything they have -- surely, during their search they at least located the boat -- and seek their recommendations for a private search.

Others may have specific experience which would be helpful. Hope they will chime in.

RE: location, it would appear that the onboard transponder was working as late as 0400 yesterday (Friday the 19th), showing this location:
Latest position:
26.378132 -76.980263
N26° 22' 41.3" W76° 58' 48.9"
2010-11-19 08:20:49 UTC -4h

Since as yet we have NO DIRECT INFORMATION FROM THE CAPTAIN, HIS WIFE, OR THE OTHER CREW MEMBER, we don't know the sequence of events. Presumably, they could provide some helpful information. For example, was the boat capsized and disabled by wave action BEFORE it hit the reef? WHERE was the capsize in the dingy/liferaft in relation to the boat???? Is it possible that waves and currents could have washed Laura a long way from the boat? Is there any truth or significance to the report that a life preserver (from the boat???) was found onshore about a mile south of the boat???? Anything at all which could tell searchers/rescuers more about the possible locations to look for Laura. A thorough debriefing could turn up clues which could be helpful in the search.

Bill

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Best wishes and luck to all those close to Laura, our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Chris and Cate
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The Golden Compass has arrived.... good luck Atlanta Crew
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A couple of videos showing the force of breaking waves.... these end well.

YouTube - GIANT WAVE VS. BOAT

YouTube - Svaneke havn - sindsyg indsejlning
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Folks, i understand the frustration, anger and pain. But wild theories and unfounded accusations don't help anyone. Until we have more info, we. just. don't. know. Throwing a hissy fit and badmouthing anyone involved in this tragedy adds nothing productive.

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local reports stated that there was a full moon and clear skies during the night of the incedent. most were hopeful that Laura would still be able to see the main boat and swim back to it if possible.
Pretty unusual to have 2 full moons 8 days apart, since around here the moon is full tomorrow, Nov. 21. Just sayin'.

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