Shockwave Wrecked, Two Dead

Two veterans of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race were killed and 16 crew members had to be rescued yesterday after a multi-million-dollar maxi yacht ran aground off the NSW South Coast.
Shockwave skipper Andrew Short and its navigator Sally Gordon died when the boom swept them from the deck into the choppy ocean after the vessel hit rocks off Port Kembla.
The 80-foot yacht was taking part in a 92-nautical-mile lead-up race to the Sydney to Hobart classic when it struck rocks during rough conditions at Flinders Islet about 3am.
After the yacht's four-meter keel hit the rocks, the boom smashed into Mr Short, 48, a Sydney marina owner, and Ms Gordon, 47, of Darling Point, and a third person. The trio were knocked overboard.
The yacht began sinking quickly, taking water through its fractured hull, forcing the remaining 15 on board, including a 14-year-old boy, to abandon it. The crew scrambled onto the rocky island - the man knocked off the deck by the boom remained in the 20-degree water, tossed by the large swell.
Other yachts in the race, between Sydney Harbour and Flinders Islet, rushed to rescue those in the water.
Australian yachting great Syd Fischer, 82, the skipper of Ragamuffin, said his crew saw a yellow object in the water which turned out to be Ms Gordon.
"It was really dark. We saw that it was a person. We tried to ."
His crew gave CPR to Ms Gordon for the short journey to Port Kembla harbour where they handed her over to paramedics.
The crew of another yacht, Quest, fought to save Mr Short. He could not be revived.

Shockwave Wrecked, Two Dead Shockwave Wrecked, Two Dead Reviewed by Panos Douros on Monday, October 12, 2009 Rating: 5

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