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Captain returns mourning friend, boat

A three-man sail from Martha's Vineyard, Mass., waters earlier this month ended in a loss of a sailor's life, a dismasting of a two-masted sailboat that was later abandoned and a dramatic rescue of two.

Capt. Dennis White, 63, of the 41-foot ketch Emma Goldman, had left the Vineyard on Nov. 6 with a crew of two: the captain's longtime friend William (Willie) Thorns, 64, of Mashpee and Thorns' 25-year-old daughter, Amanda Thorns.

White and Amanda Thorns were rescued from the foundering sailboat after 12 days, about 218 miles northwest of Bermuda by a passing 900-foot Greek oil tanker.

The two survivors brought with them a harrowing tale of loss and of their own struggle to stay alive.

"I have a hole in my heart," White told a local news reporter. "I lost my best friend."

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