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Five Sailors Died During San Francisco Yacht Race

After more than 30 hours of searching, U.S. Coast Guard and Air National Guard assets suspended their efforts Sunday evening to find four missing crew members from the Sydney 38 Low Speed Chase, which was grounded on a rocky shore of the Farallon Islands around 3 p.m. Saturday during the annual Full Crew Farallones Race.

Not long after seven of the eight crew were washed overboard by huge waves, Coast Guard and Air National Guard teams rescued the boat's owner, James Bradford, 41, of Chicago, and crew member Brian Chong of Tiburon who were reportedly clinging to rocks near the beached sloop. Nick Vos of Sonoma, who is in his 20s, managed to stay with the boat as she went ashore, apparently breaking his leg in the process. He was also hoisted to safety by a helo crew. The body of crewman Marc Kasanin, 46, was also airlifted from the scene late Saturday afternoon.

Despite a massive, 15- by 30-mile search and rescue effort that involved three cutters, a 47-ft motor lifeboat, at least three helicopters and at least one C-130 aircraft, the four other crew have not been found, and are now presumed dead. They are: Vos' girlfriend Alexis Busch of Larkspur, also in her 20s; Jordan Fromm, 25, of Kentfield; Elmer Morrissey of Ireland, who is in his early 30s; and Alan Cahill of Tiburon.

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Added: Apr-16-2012 Occurred On: Apr-14-2012
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  • I saw this story on MSNBC's website. The sickening part was how the libtards took the opportunity to whine about the "1%" in the comments section just because the accident was tied to yachting. What a bunch of insincere assholes.

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    • @WolfBite120

      Right. These sailors were hardly in the "1 percent." Most sailors in SF are ordinary folk with a hobby. And even if they were that's not the right way to think about a tragedy like this.

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    • @WolfBite120
      Anybody who accomplishes something or works to earn something just a little above average is their natural enemy. They claim the 99%, but there is still a huge majority of people in this country whose sights are set higher than 'average'...

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  • Dam, nasty little set of islands there...

    RIP to those lost.

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  • These were experienced sailors and yachters on the low speed, it was the Farallons and so everyone who has even sailed a Laser, knows that this is one of the most difficult places to sail, due to wind off SF and seas always choppy around rock islands with a known Pacific Persailes undercurrent which is known to force tide and waters into up-flux and churn the 180 into choppy back-wash once embarkment of the 100 ft. perimeter is met. And met with anguish it was. God Speed to these ambitious sai More..

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  • R.I.P.

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  • They all went aboard that morning excited and looking forward to a fun day of racing. A crystal ball would have come in handy that day. RIP.

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