Newport to Ensenada - Suspected shipping collision deaths
Newport to Ensenada - Suspected shipping collision deaths
at 1:30 am, sat 28 Apr 2012
4月14日3:00pm,San Fransisco沖の2012 Farallones Raceで発生した死者5人をだした事故に続き（既報）、4月28日Newport, CaliforniaからEnsenada, Mexicoの2012 Newport to Ensenada Raceで4人が死亡する事故が発生。
相次いで発生した両事故に対しUS Coast Guardから警告を受け、US Sailingは調査委員会を指名し、原因調査および安全対策立案を開始した。
Newport to Ensenada Race - Three sailors are dead and one is missing after the Redondo Beach based Hunter 376 yacht Aegean sailing in the category three 113 nautical mile race apparently collided with a large vessel in the main shipping channel near the Coroado Islands just south of the Mexican border.
The first indication of the incident was at 1:30 a.m. Saturday when Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA) officials realised the Aegean's tracking unit had stopped reporting. At the time winds were very light with many of the boats in the fleet experiencing winds of only 1-2 knots. It was a starlight night with a half moon.
Yachts sailing in the race apparently reported seeing very small pieces of debris debris in the water (much of it less than 4 inches long around 10am and a Coast Guard search was launched that led to discovery of the boat's wreckage, including the rear transom with the boat's name on it.
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter led Vessel Assist to one body and later retrieved two others.
The three bodies were brought to San Diego for examination by the medical examiner.
The search continues on Sunday morning local time for the fourth crew member.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Henry Dunphy said the aerial seach was being focused on the Coronado Island area about 10 miles off the Mexican coast and about 10 miles south of U.S. waters.
The Newport Beach Patch website reports that 'The 37-foot Redondo Beach-based Aegean was skippered by its owner, Theo Mavromatis, and had its regular crew, according to Ray Pollock of Marina Sailing, which rents out the boat for Mavromatis. Pollock said Mavromatis, an engineer, was an experienced sailor who had won his cruising division in the Newport to Ensenada race in the past.
'We don’t have any details of what happened to the boat,' Pollock said. 'The
boat was very seaworthy and had all the instruments you need to avoid collisions.'
Pollock said the Aegean had a brand-new engine and experienced crew.
'I’d probably rule out operator error,' he said.
Tracking records of large vessels that transitted the area last night are currently being examined.
The San Diego County Medical Examiner's reports two of the dead were William Reed Johnson Jr., 57, of Torrance, Calif., and Joseph Lester Stewart, 64, of Bradenton, Fla. The office was withholding the name of the third sailor pending notification of relatives.
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US Sailing to Conduct Independent Review on 2012 Newport to Ensenada Race
Online release: http://media.ussailing.org/Latest_News/2012/Newport_Ensenada_051412.htm
US Sailingは2012 Newport to Ensenada Raceに関する自主的調査を実施
米国沿岸警備隊は、米国セーリングの統括団体であるUS Sailingに対し、4人のセーラーの死者を出す結果となった2012 Newport to Ensenada Race <Newport, CaliforniaからEnsenada, Mexico>で発生したセーリング事故の自主的再調査の実施を要請した。
Aegean, 37foot Hunter 376,と4人のクルーは、4月28日午前1：30、メキシコ・コロナド島近く2~3マイル沖合で艇が破損した事故の犠牲になった。65年のこのレースの歴史で初めての死者である
US Sailingは、US Coast Guard（米国沿岸警備隊）と並行して、この痛ましい事故に関する自主的再調査委員会を指名した。委員会は、安全策、安全手順および安全装備の使用法を調査することにより事故に係わる要因調査に責任を負う。
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jake Fish
US Sailing Communications Manager
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (May 14, 2012) – The US Coast Guard of San Diego has requested that US Sailing, the National Governing Body for the sport, conduct an independent review of the sailing accident that occurred during the 2012 Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race resulting in the deaths of four sailors.
Aegean, a 37foot Hunter 376, and her crew of four were victims of an accident that destroyed their boat a few miles offshore near Mexico's Coronado Islands at about 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 28.These were the first deaths in the 65year history of the race.
US Sailing has appointed an Independent Review Panel for this tragic incident who will work in parallel with the US Coast Guard. The panel will be responsible for researching the factors involved in the accident by reviewing safety policies and procedures, and the usage of safety equipment.
The panel will determine what lessons can be learned from the accident and present recommendations for future consideration.
The panel and the US Coast Guard understand the urgency of this review and anticipate completing initial findings and recommendations to be released to the public in June.
"We at US Sailing are deeply saddened by the recent tragedy that occurred in the Newport to Ensenada Race," said Gary Jobson, President of US Sailing. "At the request of the US Coast Guard in San Diego, US Sailing has assembled a panel of offshore sailing, safety and medical experts to lead a review that will help identify what caused this tragic accident. We are working with the US Coast Guard in San Diego to outline this review strategy, so that we can successfully make factual determinations from the review and present a set of useful recommendations on best safety practices."
The members of the Independent Review Panel are Chairperson, Bruce Brown (Costa Mesa, Calif.), John Winder (Annisquam, Mass.), Alan Andrews (Corona del Mar, Calif.), Ed Adams (Middletown, R.I.), and Alan McMillan (Pensacola, Fla.). The Offshore Special Regulations Consultant on the panel is Evans Starzinger (Milford, Conn). The Safety at Sea Committee Chair and Review Panel Liaison is Chuck Hawley (Santa Cruz, Calif.). Medical Advisors are Dr. Michael Jacobs (Vineyard Haven, Mass.) and Dr. Kent Benedict (Aptos, Calif.). Jim Wildey (Annapolis, Md.) will advise on investigation procedures and formats.
On May 1, US Sailing made a similar announcement regarding an independent review being conducted of the sailing accident that occurred during the 2012 Crewed Farallones Race from San Francisco, Calif. that resulted in the deaths of five sailors.
For relevant inquiries regarding the Newport to Ensenada Race review from the media or to provide pertinent information and helpful commentary on the incident or race, please contact US Sailing at email@example.com.
Communication Manager US Sailing JakeFish@ussailing.org
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