Survivor of fatal yacht accident speaks out

(KGO)
April 17, 2012 5:53:32 PM PDT
For the first time, one of the survivors is speaking out after this weekend's deadly boating accident during a yacht race at the Farallon Islands.

Bryan Chong, a member of the crew for the boat that crashed, called "Low Speed Chase," wrote, "We'll spend years looking back on this weekend, asking questions that may never have answers. We ask for privacy for our families during this extremely difficult time of loss and profound sadness. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were lost and their families."

Chong was one of the three members rescued. One person is confirmed dead and four more crew members are still missing. Marc Kasanin is the the one confirmed death. The missing, Alan Cahill, Alexis Busch, Elmer Morissey, and Jordan Fromm, are all presumed to have drowned.

Life vests were mandatory for every ship in the 105-year-old race, but safety tethers, which would have tied the crew to the vessel, were optional.


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