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SPECIAL REPORT: 1 Dead, 5 Injured in Islands Race
March 9, 2013 – San Diego
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Uncontrollable Urge broke apart in the San Clemente surf after the boat suffered rudder
failure. © 2013 USCG
One crewmember of James Gilmore's San Diego-based Columbia
Carbon 32 Uncontrollable Urge perished early this morning when the brand-new boat dragged anchor
into the surf at San Clemente Island during the Newport-to-San Diego Island Race
. Around 9:30 p.m., the crew issued a mayday and reported rudder
failure, but declined assistance from the Coast Guard and their fellow racers, saying they were waiting for commercial
assistance. Unfortunately, conditions — 8- to 10-ft swells and 30 knots of wind
— prevented the tow company from launching. The crew attempted to set their anchor
but it dragged. As the boat broke apart in the surf, the six crew abandoned ship.
The crew were airlifted off the island by a USCG helo in a nighttime rescue
after midnight and taken to a local hospital, where Craig Williams, 36, of San Diego
was pronounced dead. The remaining five crew were all reported to have sustained injuries. We'll have more on this tragedy in Monday's 'Lectronic Latitude.
- latitude / ladonna
is always sad to hear of folks finding grief while sailing. rip.