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Re: Sunken sailboat in Oakland Estuary. What Happened?
Wow...demasted AND sunk. Thats a bad day on the water! Wonder if the lines were not indicated on the charts?...
As I recall, the boat wasn't dismasted. The river was very high and there was a pretty strong current running. When the mast got caught on the wires the boat itself kept going with the current until it tipped too far and flooded. I think the owner/skipper of the boat was claiming that the bridge operator (or someone...anyone) should have warned him that the charted clearance for the wires was in error because of the unusual height of the river. Of course, all such heights are relative to a datum and the skipper should have realized that the river was well above that datum.
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