Family putting pieces together after boat crash

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Arranging to fly his family home to Queensland, Australia, was not how it was supposed to play out for Alf Meads, who is currently stuck in stand-by in Georgia.

He was supposed to be in the Bahamas with his wife and adult sons to give their 53-foot catamaran sailboat to Alf’s mother-in-law. The boat was going to be her retirement home.

That will never happen now.

The boat broke in half on Dec. 30 in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida, and now the Meads are back in Brunswick, Ga., after being rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The seas were calm and the skies were clear at around 7:30 p.m. Dec. 30, Meads told the Georgia newspaper, The Brunswick News.

A short distance into the trip, about two miles offshore of Talbot Island in Jacksonville, Fla., Meads said things quickly took a turn for the worst.

“We just heard this terrible noise,” he said. “A whole piece had broken off of that beam.”

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