Actor Robert Wagner waited hours to call the Coast Guard after his wife, actress Natalie Wood, went missing from Wagner’s 55-foot sportfishing yacht in 1981, the vessel's captain told several national media outlets on Friday.
Wagner also told those on board the boat what to say to authorities about the incident, the captain said. Wood was later found drowned.
Dennis Davern, the former captain of the yacht Splendour, said he first searched the boat to check whether Natalie was anywhere on board. He said he then wanted to turn on the searchlight to see whether she was in the water, but that Wagner told him not to.
"We don't want to do that right now," Wagner allegedly told Davern.