Boater blames wind gust for fatal capsize

Posted on 31 March 2011
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The captain of a boat that capsized Sunday in San Diego Bay, where a father and son drowned, said a gust of wind into the jib sail caused the vessel to overturn. Harbor Police investigators, however, have not determined the cause of the accident.

The president of the Heart of Sailing Foundation, which offers short sailing trips for people with disabilities, said the skipper followed all safety precautions before launching with nine passengers shortly before 5 p.m.

That included filling the water tanks on the bottom of the boat, which act as a ballast for the 26-foot MacGregor sailboat and allow the vessel to right itself if it begins to fall to one side.

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