Analysis points to a capsize caused by instability, but families of the two victims suspect a collision
Taking a cue from the high-tech sleuths on television's "CSI," the Coast Guard has used underwater audio recordings from 19 acoustic whale-tracking buoys to help reconstruct the sinking of the fishing vessel Patriot, a 62-foot dragger that went down off Gloucester, Mass., with its two crewmembers in 100 feet of water in January 2009.
When a catamaran overturns in heavy seas, it sets off a chain of events for the three-person crew
It was one heck of a summer for Kristy Lugert. A few weeks after the Alameda, Calif., resident bought a 32-foot sailing catamaran (her first large boat), she and her boyfriend found themselves battling 15-foot seas off Northern California. A wave flipped the cat, and when Lugert and her boyfriend thought they were going to die, they declared themselves married.
A lucky string of events and quick thinking saves seven family members who floated for 20 hours off Charleston, S.C.
A family fishing trip became a test of faith and survival as seven anglers - ages 5 to 60 - floated off Charleston, S.C., for 20 hours after their 38-foot powerboat sank. They were rescued when a sharp-eyed Coast Guard helicopter crewman spotted them under a sliver of moon.
Overreliance on electronics without other references is among the lessons from a maxi-yacht grounding
GPS accuracy - its ability to fix a position - occasionally degrades for short periods in a limited number of locations, so it's not a good idea to depend on a GPS/chart plotter alone for navigating, says Bob Markle, president of the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services. The commission is an organization of government, commercial and educational entities that helps develop policies and standards for navigation and communications systems.
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