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I am not allowed to post links on this forum, but I can type in two URL's that will help you understand the issue.
1. It appears that they missed the cut by a little over a mile. The exact Lat and Long of the point where the vessel struck the reef is avail here:
(you need to download Google Earth to open the file)
2. They struck the reef just before 9PM EST, which at this time of year is pitch dark. myfoxatlanta.com/dpp/news/atlanta-woman-goes-missing-on-sailing-trip-111510
3. It appears from the KML file that they were following their GPS and heading directly for the center of the (very, very wide) cut. But, at 2 miles off of the reef, the course leaves the GPS tracked line they were on, and heads towards 26°22'34.77"N 77° 0'27.03"W
I've posted that I believe she is alive, and she is on the swamped but not sunk Jeanneau 45 DS which is still sitting on the reef, awash. She was reportedly wearing a life vest, and was the strongest swimmer in the group when they were separated trying to row the liferaft off the reef. If she had been killed or disabled, or even if she simply floated as the others did, she would have washed up on the shore as they did.
I believe that she swam back to the boat, and likely injured herself somewhat crossing the reef to reach the boat in the swell. I believe she is still there. Yes, it seems implausible....unless you are a very strong, smart swimmer who thinks for themselves, and is wearing flotation. It is what I would do if I was separated from my crew, in the dark, 1.3 miles from shore with no visible light visible from my spot floating in the water...but with a nearly full moon and cloudless night giving me clearly visible indication that my vessel was still afloat, and awash.
That is my strong opinion.
Last edited by gclimbusa; 11-17-2010 at 03:21 PM.