5 Dead in Farallon Islands Race Crash

There is no doubt that the sailing world was stunned by this horrible accident during the Farallon Islands race over the weekend. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of the friends and family of the victims.

Four people who went out for a sailing race around the Farallon Islands Saturday are still missing after their boat crashed into the island’s rocks.

The U.S. Coast Guard called off its search Sunday night saying they could not have survived that amount of time at sea.

In all, eight people were aboard a 38-foot sailboat named Low Speed Chase when it was hit by a big wave that knocked several crew members into the ocean. The boat was then hit by more waves that forced it to crash into the rocks during the rescue attempt of that group. It is presumed that in all five people will be lost in the accident.

The Coast Guard and Air National Guard searched an area of more than 5,000 square miles over a period of more than 30 hours following the deadly boating accident Saturday afternoon, Petty Officer Caleb Critchfield said.

Members of the Rescue 129th and the Coast Guard were able to pluck three survivors from the chilly ocean waters 26 miles outside the Golden Gate. They also retrieved one body, but were unable to find four other people who apparently perished in the boating accident.

The names of the missing are:

  • Alexis Busch of Lakrspur, CA
  • Jordan Fromm of Kentfield, CA
  • Alan Cahill of Tiburon, CA
  • Elmer Morrissey of Ireland

Most were experienced sailors. Morrissey was not. He was a visiting scientist and went along for the ride.

A fifth person, Marc Kasanin, 46 of Belvedere, CA was pronounced dead after being pulled from the water Saturday afternoon. He was a local artist and had been a sailor on the San Francisco Bay all of his life, according to friends.

The three survivors were identified as Nick Vos of Sonoma, CA Brian Chong of Tiburon, CA and James Bradford, who was the captain of the boat. All three attended a vigil for the lost on Sunday night at the Belvedere Yacht Club which was home to the crew.

For the complete story, go to www.nbcbayarea.com.

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