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Fatality in Marblehead

I had heard about his when sailing out of the BYC last Sunday. This is the first newspaper report I found. Very sad. Seems worse when its close to home.

Man dies after falling overboard at sailing race » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA
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Re: Fatality in Marblehead

Sad... His first time crewing on this boat, and he died from a heart attack.

It seems that the paper may, however, be rushing judgement. He could easily have had a heart attack, and fallen in the water, as well as fallen overboard, and had a heart attack.

My condolences to his family and crew mates...
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Re: Fatality in Marblehead

Condolences.

For the non-locals, Tom Moore's Rock and Tinker's Island are just offshore of Marblehead Neck and not in Salem Harbor as the article says.
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I feel bad for the skipper who probably thought he was doing a good deed by letting him join the crew and then loses him. Just terrible.
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Re: Fatality in Marblehead

Now if that doesn't cure of the racing bug nothing will.

Seriously though, extremely tragic.
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Re: Fatality in Marblehead

We had a similar incident down here in NC over last weekend, but with a happier ending. A crew member went overboard during an annual race. I am repeating this second hand as I was not present, but according to the source the individual was getting seasick (it was a choppy day with winds to nearly 30 knots) and leaned thru the lifelines to throw up and the next instant he was overboard. Only half of his inflatable life jacket inflated, but they were eventually able to retrieve him. The crew had to rig a pulley as a hoist as he was dead weight in the water, eventually lots of muscle was used to get him back on board. His heart beat was irregular, the coast guard was summoned and provided assistance. He was taken to a hospital and later released. It was and still is a nightmare for the captain and other crew who still re-live the episode and second guess their reaction. Fortunately, things worked out, but it does add a sobering thought to our sport. Water is not our natural element (any more) so be prepared and take the necessary precautions because things happen.

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