Report Delayed on A&M Sailboat Accident

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M officials want more information from the Coast Guard about its investigation of the fatal capsizing of the sailboat Cynthia Woods.

The racing boat was moored and maintained at A&M's Galveston campus when it capsized in the Gulf of Mexico on June 6th during a race from Galveston to Veracruz, Mexico. The boat's 4,500-pound keel broke off during the race, killing one crew member and stranding five others for 26 hours in the Gulf.

The Coast Guard released a nine-page summary of its findings two weeks ago. It found that the sailboat hadn't received any major repairs, examinations or marine surveys, despite previous groundings.

The Texas A&M University System is conducting its own investigation and has filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act asking for a more complete synopsis of the Coast Guard inquiry.

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