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Report Issued on San Diego Sailboat Fatal Capsize

By Sailingguide

In March, a MacGregor 26 capsized in San Diego Bay with 10 aboard, two of whom died. There has been considerable debate since about the possible cause and contributing factors in the capsize of this lightweight, popular sailboat. Officials now have issued their report blaming the capsize on overloading the boat along with an uneven distribution of passenger weight. An insufficient number of lifejackets contributed as well to this tragic incident. Criminal charges will not be filed, however. Another minor but telling finding in the investigation was a sail held together by duct tape and staples.


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