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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.