The captain of the ill-fated Texas A&M sailboat has been fired. But Texas A&M System officials say the decision to terminate James Atchley Friday had nothing to do with the sinking of the Cynthia Woods.
Instead, they say it was because Atchley failed to report a prior criminal conviction on his job application. System officials say he was convicted in 1990 in connection with the savings and loans scandals of the late 80's.
Atchley had been employed as the A&M Galveston Marine Terminal Manager and coach of the A&M offshore sailing team. He was the captain of the Cynthia Woods June 6 when its keel broke. However, A&M officals say he was not on the boat at the time it went down. The boat capsized, killing crew member Roger Stone and stranding five others in the Gulf of Mexico for 26 hours.