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Old 08-01-2013, 08:51   #1
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BC sailing accident

A woman has died yesterday near Courtney, on Vancouver Island after a sailboat was noticed "listing and traveling erratically." The vessel then apparently ran aground, and one body was pulled from the water. Police will only say there were two on the vessel, and there are no further details I am aware of. Any else have any further details?
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:04   #2
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Woman dead after sailboat runs aground near Courtenay - British Columbia - CBC News

On the radio, they said the guy was handcuffed on the beach by police.

How does a sailboat "list"? Was it just healed over by the wind and somebody thought that was listing? Definitely need more details here!
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Woman dead after sailboat runs aground near Courtenay - British Columbia - CBC News

On the radio, they said the guy was handcuffed on the beach by police.

How does a sailboat "list"? Was it just healed over by the wind and somebody thought that was listing? Definitely need more details here!
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:23   #4
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This is sounding like less of a sailing accident and more like "suspicious circumstances."
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Like this: Photo of boat in Question
OK, I'll give you that. The sailboat in the picture is listing because it's aground. The article said it was "listing and travelling eratically." It can't do both as far as I can see.

The media and eye witnesses often get details wrong if they're non-sailors, though.
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Re: BC sailing accident

Boy that boat was in pretty rough shape before running aground. hmm, interesting.
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The 44-year-old man was taken to hospital and later released. The woman was pronounced dead at the hospital.
A quote from CBC news.

The police and Coroner will investigate every death such as this.
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Union bay is just across from my childhood home, it's a long stretch of beach with gradual rise up to it...hard to imagine how you could run aground there. Also heard that the wind was light when this occurred. Very bizarre
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Re: BC sailing accident

The latest - I think

RCMP told CHEK News Tuesday that the pair are known to police, foul play has not been ruled out, and that the 44-year-old man was initially arrested because he was unco-operative and intoxicated in public. The Courtenay man was later released.

Police not ruling out foul play after woman found dead on board sailboat that went aground - Local - Times Colonist

On SN this was reported.

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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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Province newspaper says essentially the same thing this morning. A derelict "liveaboard," and a couple unsavoury characters, and drinking appears to have led to a fatality. Unfortunately, it lends support to municipalities who want to control anchoring within or near towns and cities, such as Vancouver's False Creek. It is tragic that someone lost their life, but if anyone hears more details please go ahead and add to this thread.
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I feel pretty good about my hull cleaning right now.

While it's a shame that someone is dead, it's probably not a shame that this particular pair won't be sailing S/V Dine 'n' Dash in those waters anymore. That boat looks like it's been polished with a hammer.
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