Mass. sailing dory capsize proves fatal

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One teenager died and another was rescued after their 15-foot sailing dory capsized on their way back to Man-

chester-by-the-Sea, Mass.

Chris Jackson, 15, and Alex Young, 18, were reported missing by Jackson’s mother when they didn’t return as expected around 7 p.m. June 6. A search by area police, harbormasters and the Coast Guard was launched.

The teens had earlier that day sailed to Governor’s Landing in Beverly. They called Jackson’s mother using a cell phone around 5:30 p.m. to say they were returning home.

The weather turned ugly as the teens set out on the return trip. The Coast Guard reported seas 4 to 6 feet and winds at 20 knots out of the northeast. The wooden dory capsized, spilling the boys into sea. The two teenagers, both wearing life jackets, began to swim. At some point, the duo became separated.

Young, 18, of Acton, was located by the Coast Guard around 2:40 a.m. in Marblehead Harbor. He was floating upright but was not breathing. Rescuers rushed him to Salem Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. He apparently died of hypothermia. The water temperature was around 57 degrees F.

Jackson, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, was able to swim to nearby Great Misery Island where the Coast Guard found him around 6:30 a.m. the following day.

He was picked up by a 25-foot rescue boat from Station Gloucester and transported to an awaiting ambulance for transport to Beverly Hospital. He was reportedly in good condition. He told rescuers he doesn’t remember much after the boat capsized.

Rescuers found the overturned boat a few miles north of where Young was found.

Rescue boats from Coast Guard Station Gloucester, the Coast Guard Cutter Flyingfish, an 87-foot patrol boat from Boston, as well as an HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter assisted in the search. Harbormasters from Salem, Marblehead and Manchester-by-the-Sea assisted as well.