Report Could Close Cynthia Woods Investigation

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

Thirteen months after the Cynthia Woods' fatal, final voyage, a definitive cause for the disaster could be revealed Friday.

That's when Texas A&M University System regents are scheduled to hear a report detailing why the racing boat lost its keel and sank, killing safety officer Roger Stone. The report will conclude the university's investigation into the accident.

The Coast Guard wrapped up its own investigation in December by announcing the 38-foot sailboat lost its keel after it had been improperly repaired from being run aground at least five times.

The Cynthia Woods lost its keel during a June 2008 race from Galveston to Vera Cruz, Mexico. It capsized in seconds, tossing four students and a safety officer overboard, where they clung to four life jackets and awaited rescue for 26 hours.

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