A 36-year-old San Diego man has been killed in an overnight sailboat race that began in Newport Harbor after his boat lost its steering in stormy seas, according to a news report.
Coast Guard officials said that Craig Thomas Williams was participating in the 139-nautical mile Islands Race sponsored by the San Diego Yacht Club and was aboard the 32-foot Uncontrollable Urge with five other crew members when the vessel lost its steering. The craft drifted toward San Clemente Island, where it broke apart.
When the Coast Guard responded to the craft’s mayday call, Williams was found unresponsive in the water. He and the other crew members were airlifted to a hospital, where Williams was pronounced dead.
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