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Vigil for Laura Zekoll

There is a vigil tonight for Laura Zekoll at St Mark's in Atlanta at 7PM for anyone in the area interested to attend. Prayers are much appreciated.
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Laura Zekoll

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Thanks all again for the information. Looks like Fox News and the AJC have both picked up the story, but it conflicts with what I have read in the past. These stories state that they were delivering the boat to the Bahamas, not so much being a part of a race. Perhaps they were using the race as a way to get down to the Bahamas with a fleet for safety??? Confused and hope to be able to get the story from the sources (Ross's) sometime soon. Will keep you updated with what I hear. Here are some links:

Atlanta Woman Goes Missing on Sailing Trip

Boat capsizes in Bahamas, Atlanta woman missing *| ajc.com
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Rule 62 was an entrant in the Caribbean 1500 Rally, in Cruising Class 7. They were headed from Hampton VA to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.

For some as yet unknown reason, when about halfway there they decided to divert to the southwest to the Bahamas.

The Caribbean 1500 tracking website is:

http://www.carib1500.com/trackerhome1500rally2010.htm]
(ignore the last "]"....don't know why this Board wants to modify URLs and won't let you post them correctly)


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Yes, that's what I have been reading over the past day, which is why I was very confused by the "delivering a boat to the Bahamas" story her family seems to be telling the news agencies.
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My suspicion is that the news folks got it wrong, like they often do. For example, the boat did not fetch up on "Acado Island" or whatever they said. It's the Abacos anyway...a large group of islands in the NE Bahamas. And the island they hit is Lynyard Cay, located a ways south of Marsh Harbour.

See also the discussion on CruisersForum, where a chart of the site is posted.

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Maybe it's the news agencies that have gotten it wrong. They have the island as Avaco and not Abaco, so that may be an indication... hope to find out soon, but again thanks for the clarification. Clearly, they were part of the Caribbean 1500 Rally.

Here is the story the Atlanta news has to date:

A search and rescue mission was ongoing Monday night near the Bahamas for an Atlanta woman. The vessel Laura Zekoll was on capsized late Saturday.

Zekoll left one week ago to help an Atlantan couple move their vessel to the Bahamas.

"I think she's out there somewhere. We need to find her," said Zekoll's sister, Angie Cushwa.

Friends and family said that on the water Zekoll is in her element. So a job to move a sailing vessel to the Bahamas was like being paid to have fun.

The 46-year-old Atlanta woman was part of a crew that launched a week ago Monday.

The ship ran into a reef, off the coast of the Bahamas Saturday.

"Laura's vessel had a very bad accident. They disbanded and got on a life boat. Unfortunately the lifeboat could not sustain them," said Cushwa.

All four people on the life raft fell off the lifeboat, and into the water.

"It was dark, it was at least 8 or 9 o'clock at night. Thankfully three of the crew members made it to land," said Cushwa.

Zekoll is still missing.

"We are in heavy prayer right now that she will be found," Cushwa said.

The shipwreck happened in a place called Avaco Island, which is part of the Bahamas. A transponder on the boat pinpointed the site. There are a number of tiny islands nearby.

"I just hope and pray my sister is on one of these islands and that someone will find her. And that she will be alive and OK and we can just bring her home," Cushwa said.

Both the U.S. Coast Guard and the Bahamian Defense Force are now looking for Zekoll.

"Laura is a great swimmer. She has got a very tough character. And we really just pray people keep searching for her. And find her," said Cushwa.

Richard and Debra Ross, the owners of the vessel, who are from Atlanta along with the other crew member were airlifted to safety after their emergency signal was received by the coast guard.
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The grounding was on Lynyard Cay not "Avaco Island". Lynyard Cay is located just to the east of Great Abaco Island. These are located in an area called the "Abacos"....lots of other islands in that group.

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My prayers are with Laura and her family and friends.
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