Local Aggie One of Four Students Rescued At Sea

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

A local Aggie is among the four Texas A&M students rescued from sea, after the boat he was on capsized.

Ross Busby, class of ’08, is the only student from A&M’s main campus in College Station. According to officials with A&M, Busby and three other students from the Galveston campus, along with one safety officer, were taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston for sunburn and dehydration. They are all listed in good condition.

Busby is listed on A&M’s Sailing Team website as the president of the team for the 2008-2009 school year. According to the site, Busby is a Mechanical Engineering major, from the Woodlands.

Busby’s Facebook page however, lists his hometown as Coppell, Tx. It is on that page that he chronicles his sailing adventure. On Thursday Busby posted a message that states, “Ross is out on the high seas for 2 weeks!! www.iboattrack.com check out regatta de amigos- the Cynthia Woods.”

The iBoattrack website became the place many first blogged about the boat drifting towards the coast. It also became a place of communication for those worried about the crew.

Friends and family of the Cynthia Woods team, including one of Busby’s parents and the son of missing crew member Roger Stone, have since used the blogs to get more information, and deliver more information to bloggers.

Ross Busby’s Facebook wall has been swamped with dozens of messages from concerned aggies wishing him well, and a fast and speedy recovery.

Officials with A&M say five of the crew members spent roughly 26 hours in water with only four life vests. The search for the sixth member, and second safety officer, Roger Stone came to a tragic end on Sunday. Stone's body was recovered from the Cynthia Woods just 27 miles southeast of Freeport.

The other five members were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard around 2 a.m. Sunday morning. According to A&M they are: Galveston students Steven Guy, Joe Savana and Travis Wright, and College Station student Ross James Busby. The rescued safety officer is Steve Conway, a retired Coast Guard commander and current Texas A&M at Galveston staff member.

The Cynthia Woods team was racing in the 2008 Regata de Amigos, from Galveston to Veracruz, Mexico.

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