Aggie Sailboat's Keel Recovered; Sailing Team Hopes for Answers

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

A crucial piece of evidence in the sinking of an Aggie sailboat was pulled from the depths of the Gulf Friday morning.

A salvage team and the U.S. Coast Guard were able to recover the keel to the Cynthia Woods from more than 100 feet of water.

Probably the most vital piece of evidence, the keel is the missing piece of the puzzle that could finally give investigators the answers they've been looking for.

"I'm hoping they find out what happened, I just want to know what went wrong with the boat," A&M Sailing Team Member Kimberly Kackley said. "I want to know if someone is responsible that they're held responsible for what happened."

Aggie sailor Kimberly Kackley says whether the investigation turns up a design flaw, problems with repairs, or just an accident at sea, one thing is certain.

"We don't want to risk the same thing happening again or put any of our sailors in danger," Kackley said, even if that means changing the Aggie sailing team's program around.

"We're not really sure what we want to do with off-shore right now," Kackley said. "We all love it and we'd all love to continue sailing but at the same time we want to make sure it's safe."

And safe is exactly how A&M investigators are playing it. The George Phydias will remain docked until they know more about what happened to its sister boat, the Cynthia Woods, at sea.

"There's other Cape Fears like ours out there," Kackley said. "I just want it to be safe. I don't want anything like this to ever happen again."

The keel of the Cynthia Woods has been moved to a Galveston warehouse while the investigation continues.

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