Another Tragic Dinghy Death that May Have Been Avoidable

We never like to hear stories like these, but they are also a good reminder to take appropriate safety measures at all times, especially during rough weather.

The crew of the 47-foot Musketeer of Stutton, a yacht from the Absolute Aqua RYA sailing school, had been enjoying an evening ashore last week, and began the normal dinghy tender shuttle that would take them back to the boat. It was just before midnight, the seas were rough and the winds were high, but it was a transfer they had done many times before.

When the dinghy didn’t arrive back after delivering some of the crew, crew waiting on the beach called the Coast Guard for help, thinking “that the outboard engine may have failed.” They couldn’t have guessed that their crew mate had drowned.

In the rough seas, high winds and poor visibility, the search of Poole and Studland Bays of Dorset in the UK involved both Swanage RNLI lifeboats, Lee-on-Solent Coast Guard helicopter and the Coast Guard rescue teams from Swanage and Poole, and Dorset Police.

Initially recovered by lifeboat, the sailor, who was found not wearing a life jacket, was unconscious, found floating near his upturned dinghy.

He was given CPR before being transferred to Poole Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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