Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Blunders led to yacht tragedy... Jamie Butcher

KEEN sailor Jamie Butcher died when the badly-designed keel came off the racing yacht he was crewing, it has been revealed.

The yacht capsized off the Devon coast earlier this year. The skipper and three other crew members were rescued.

A report into the tragedy by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch has just been published, showing that the keel - the part of the yacht extending along the bottom from stem to stern - broke off as it was sailing in winds gusting to 35 knots off Prawle Point.


This appears to have been avoidable.


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