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Old 09-12-2011, 15:05   #1
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Sad ARC News

Reading some of the blogs, it appears that sadly Ocean Wanderer had a crew member die of a possible heart attack, they are still a way from the finish, what a terrible situation to be in, what does one do, legally or morally ?
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Obviously drop out of the race to get the body off the boat so the family can pay their last respects.
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Old 09-12-2011, 15:33   #3
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Re: Sad ARC news

Sorry to hear such terrible news. How far are they from the nearest port? Don't know if the CG will take a body off your hands. If no large freezer and no ice you've got a problem. Burial at sea might be a solution.
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Re: Sad ARC news

I checked the yacht position on the ARC website, and it is 262 miles from St Lucia. Very sad.
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Re: Sad ARC news

That would be a terrible position to be in. my regards to their family.
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Re: Sad ARC News

It is sad news indeed, condolences to the family.
I don't know any details, but might there be something to be said for going out while doing something you love?
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Re: Sad ARC News

Here's a news article from the ARC website...
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All of those involved with the ARC were deeply saddened to learn this morning of the sudden death of Andrew Nash, crew member on Ocean Wanderer. In the early hours of Thursday morning, 8 December, Andrew suffered a suspected heart attack onboard the boat.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Andrew’s wife and family, and with his crewmates aboard Ocean Wanderer. Andrew’s family have been informed.

The yacht crew are in contact with MRCC Fort de France, and are currently continuing on to Saint.Lucia.
On the ARC Viewer, Ocean Wanderer appears to be motoring toward St Lucia at about 6.5 knots in an easterly breeze of the same strength. If they have enough fuel, they should arrive in Rodney Bay about noon tomorrow.

What a terrible situation for the crew on board, and the family at home!
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Old 10-12-2011, 05:48   #8
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Re: Sad ARC News

It is indeed a sad way to have to deal with this situation. You will recall we hypothesized about this in an earlier post.
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Apparently he was 64 years old. Much too young. . . . .
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Re: Sad ARC News

He was sailing, not a bad place to be and to meet whatever comes next.
It's those that are left behind that hurt the most, my thoughts are with them, with the hope that they remember the good times, the nice things he did, and the pleasure he had in joining this sailing trip.
Burial at sea? Maybe not necessary immediately but getting the body outdoors, and lashed under canvass, is a priority. Decisions then can follow daily.
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For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place The flood may bear me far, I hope to see my pilot face to face When I have crossed the bar.
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Re: Sad ARC News

Such a terrible event for the Nash family. Hopefully he enjoyed his last days and that will be some little comfort for them as dealing with the matter will surely be a horror. (I helped a friend bring her father's body back to the States for burial after he died unexpectedly in Martinique in the mid-80's. The squabbles between Customs on one hand and the Department of Health on the other at the airport in Puerto Rico were just an absolute horror.)

I must admit that having reached mid-60's, and with a family history of sudden, unforewarned, cardiac arrest at such age, I do worry about the safety/welfare of my wife and daughter if we are at sea and something similar should happen to me. Whenever we leave on a trip I always try to talk about what my wife should do/how to handle a situation if I am "incapacitated" while aboard but she frequently responds that she doesn't want "to even think about it". It is, however, something that needs be thought about and. to the extent possible, planned for.

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Re: Sad ARC News

From the ARC News page yesterday...
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Nostra Vida (NOR) has engine problems and has kindly offered the fuel she can't use to Ocean Wanderer (GBR) to help speed them on their way. As the tail end of the fleet catch-up with those in the light airs, one of the boats will take Nostra Vida in tow.
Ocean Wanderer made landfall in Rodney Bay about an hour ago.
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The burial at sea would not have been a solution. If they were many days from a landfall I would have called and asked for assistance removing the body. They did the right thing given their position.
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