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Boat on Rocks, One Death, South of Comox/Courtenay

Does anyone have any information on this?

Woman dies after sailboat runs aground on Vancouver Island
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Re: Boat on Rocks, One Death, South of Comox/Courtenay

News reports are very vague... that's an odd place to 'run on the rocks' although there's a fair bit of riprap along the water's edge old highway south of Courtenay.

No help on details, I'm afraid.. you'd think there's be cellphone pics around somewhere if it's near the road..
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Re: Boat on Rocks, One Death, South of Comox/Courtenay

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This story has a few more details, including an arrest(?). Sailboat Runs Aground At Union Bay, Woman Seriously Hurt
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Re: Boat on Rocks, One Death, South of Comox/Courtenay

Doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me?
Not a lot of information.
Loss of life in any event is a sad situation.
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Re: Boat on Rocks, One Death, South of Comox/Courtenay

Here's a GE shot of the area.. I've sailed that stretch many times, as I'm sure has Jack, and it's not the sort of 'beach' where a grounding at sailboats speeds is likely to cause life threatening injuries.... unlikely, but I guess anything's possible... including an unrelated injury cause.

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Is that just south of the range lights?

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Re: Boat on Rocks, One Death, South of Comox/Courtenay

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Is that just south of the range lights?
Pretty much.. right across from Sandy Island. The Argyle road mentioned in the piece is that short cross street ending on the beach, center left of pic. Pretty gradual beach, mostly gravel/sand, as I recall....
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Re: Boat on Rocks, One Death, South of Comox/Courtenay

Strange. The boat needs a bit of TLC.
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Re: Boat on Rocks, One Death, South of Comox/Courtenay

The boat has been "bumming" around all fall. Kicked off the Public wharf for not paying bills, same for the Gas Dock and was tied up the river to pilings. Sad that someone had to die but I would suspect drinking - the weather was calm ???
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Re: Boat on Rocks, One Death, South of Comox/Courtenay

Yes it seems likely that some one was a bit "impaired" for that to happen when calm out. Especially since they were motoring, perhaps they had a engine failure or ran out of fuel? I think even a soft grounding could easily result in injury easily if someone was unaware it was happening though. Real shame, I am sure with a bottom as dirty as that they could not have been going very fast!
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