Report on Boat Race Accident: "Aegean" Ran Aground
Multiple agencies are compiling reports based on their investigation of the tragic and fatal boating accident that happened in April during the Newport to Ensenada race. One report, released today by The US Sailing Independent Review, claims that the 37-foot sailboat "ran aground" on North Coronado Island, according to the Associated Press. Initially, speculation was that the vessel had collided in the middle of the night with another, much larger, ship.
However, a review of information logged by a website that tracks boats via GPS indicated that it was the rocky shores of the island that the Aegean collided with.
The first person to locate the boat's debris said it appeared the Aegean "had gone through a blender."
The bodies of three crew members, including two from Southern California, were found right away, however the Aegean's captain, Redondo Beach resident Theo Mavromatis, remained missing for several days after the crash. His body was found about a week later by fishermen in the area.
US Sailing is expected to release a full report at the end of July, and the U.S. Coast Guard is likely nearing completion on their own investigation.