Originally Posted by delmarrey
Apparently it was a delivery
from S. Africa
. The Crew is missing. See news report ................................_-/)
The following info concerning "Cat Shot", I believe to be correct, but I have not been able to verify it. The Captain
had been from So. Africa
and had about 5-10 years experience with the SA rescue
services. He was about 50 and a severe diabetic, recently living in England
. The 2 crew were from the US, picked up in San Francisco
. One was 79 and a truck driver from So. Dakota, the other about 40. These crew member
were not likely very experienced, none of mine would go with me under such conditions.
The storm was a known big thing on the 8th when the boat left SF. It was expected to be the biggest storm of the season and the previous ones had been upwards of 100 mph. Short gusts in this storm were likely over 150 mph as it ripped up whole sections of trees, snapping them off 20 feet above ground along all the high points along the coast.
I brought a 46' Nordhavn up the coast about a week before this storm. That boat sat in Crescent City for 3 weeks for a safe calm spell to run up to Cape Flattery.
I have been working this coast for almost 50 years and regularly move sail and power boats in OR/WA/CA during the winter time. We just don't move them when it is storming as it is too damn dangerous.
I have been shut outside the bars only once in all that time, overnight and had to run up the coast for 200 miles to the Columbia
River. There was high swell, over 20 feet but no wind
I assume the boat was flipped over by the high wind
gusts not long after coming upon Cape Blanco. As of mid April there have been no bodies found. There is a lot of rock coastline in the area and bodies washed up in them are not likely to be found, except by a passing helo.
At 20 feet of swell the only bar that is passable from San Francisco
to Cape Flattery is the Columbia
River, during the flood tide; possibly up to 25 or 30 feet, but I have never tried it at over 25.
The anchorage at Port Orford is swept by large waves if the swell is from the SW. The pier there has had a foot of water
on it, which is about 25 feet above normal water
levels, during storms. In such a storm, there may be no place from San Francisco until Cape Flattery to get under cover, anchor
up or find safety