Aggie Sailors Share Story of Survival and Loss

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

Five Aggies are now back on dry land, after being stranded at sea for 26 hours.

The six-member crew of the Cynthia Woods set sail on Friday in Galveston and was headed to Veracruz, Mexico when their boat capsized. One of those crew members is local Aggie Ross Busby, who also serves as the president of the school's sailing team.

Monday, Ross alongside some of his teammates shared what they went through at sea.

"We kept a real positive attitude and looked forward to the fact that the Coast Guard was going to save us. It was just a matter of time," Safety Officer Steve Conway said.

It was during that time, that Aggie Senior Ross Busby, the only crew member who attends Texas A&M's main campus in College Station, says he and his Galveston based crewmates banded together against incredible odds.

"Constantly having waves splash over your head," Ross Busby said. "The salt water coming in your mouth and doing all you can to just not swallow it."

As if that wasn't enough, the Cynthia Woods crew also had to trade off life vests among each other to survive.

"There was always four people wearing a life jacket, and we just held on to each other and we had a couple belts that we would latch ourselves together with," Busby said.

But despite those circumstances, the crew stayed strong and kept each other going.

"If it weren't for the four of these guys, I probably wouldn't be here, and Roger," Texas A&M Galveston Student Steven Guy said.

The five survivors of the Cynthia Woods were taken to University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and were treated for sunburn and dehydration. They were released Monday afternoon.

The body of the sixth member of the Cynthia Woods team, Roger Stone, was found inside the boat late Sunday afternoon.

The survivors call Stone a hero, and credit him for getting crew members out of the boat.

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