sailing http://michiganradio.org en More details emerge about capsized boat in Lake Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/more-details-emerge-about-capsized-boat-lake-michigan <p>More details have emerged about the deaths of two sailors participating in the Chicago-to-Mackinac race. A teenager was one of the six crew members who survived when the boat capsized during a storm.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110719/NEWS06/107190404/Teen-survives-boat-capsizing-killed-2">Detroit Free Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>C.J. Cummings was one of eight sailors tossed into the waves of a storm at 12:20 a.m. Monday. About 5:30 a.m., the phone rang with word that C.J. was OK and on shore at Charlevoix, along with his teenage friend sailing with the group.</p><p>&quot;Hey, Dad,&quot; were the first words Chip Cummings heard from his son.</p><p>&quot;Typical teenager,&quot; the relieved father said Monday, taking a deep breath. &quot;Yeah, it was quite a rough ride.&quot;</p><p>The captain, Mark Morley, 51, and his girlfriend, Suzanne Bickel, 41, both of Saginaw, drowned.</p></blockquote><p>Organizers of the Chicago-to-Mackinac race say they&#39;ve never experienced a fatality in the race&#39;s 103 year history until Monday.</p><p>The Free Press reports the survivors were C.J. Cummings, 16; John Dent, 50; Stan Dent, 51; Peter Morley, 47; Stewart Morley, 15, and Lee Purcell, 46.</p><p>Morley and Bickel were found under the capsized boat strapped in. Tethers are often used in storms so crew don&#39;t get tossed from the boat. If the boat capsizes, crew members can cut the lines. Bickel and Morley&#39;s tethers were tangled, according to one rescue diver.</p><p><a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/video?id=8257316">ABC News 7</a> in Chicago has this raw video of the capsized boat:</p><p><object height="268" id="otvPlayer" width="400"><param name="movie" value="http://cdn.abclocal.go.com/static/flash/embeddedPlayer/swf/otvEmLoader.swf?version=&amp;station=wls&amp;section=&amp;mediaId=8257316&amp;cdnRoot=http://cdn.abclocal.go.com&amp;webRoot=http://abclocal.go.com&amp;configPath=/util/&amp;site=" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowNetworking" value="all" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allownetworking="all" allowscriptaccess="always" height="268" id="otvPlayer" src="http://cdn.abclocal.go.com/static/flash/embeddedPlayer/swf/otvEmLoader.swf?version=&amp;station=wls&amp;section=&amp;mediaId=8257316&amp;cdnRoot=http://cdn.abclocal.go.com&amp;webRoot=http://abclocal.go.com&amp;configPath=/util/&amp;site=" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="400"></embed></object> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 21:50:01 +0000 Mark Brush 3386 at http://michiganradio.org More details emerge about capsized boat in Lake Michigan AP: Club promises inquiry into fatal boat race mishap http://michiganradio.org/post/ap-club-promises-inquiry-fatal-boat-race-mishap <p>The sponsor of a boat race from Chicago to Mackinac Island says it will investigate the capsizing of a sailing vessel that caused the deaths of two crew members during a storm in northern Lake Michigan.</p><p>Race chairman Greg Freeman said Tuesday that the Chicago Yacht Club commodore will establish a review board. Speaking online with reporters, he said the club wants to understand what happened and look for ways to improve safety guidelines.</p><p>The 35-foot boat WingNuts from Saginaw overturned during fierce gusts around midnight Sunday about 13 miles off Charlevoix.</p><p>Fifty-one-year-old skipper Mark Morley and 40-year-old crew member Suzanne Bickel died. A rival boat rescued the other six crew members.</p><p>Freeman says the storm arose after the race was well under way, so postponing it wasn&#39;t an option. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 19:15:03 +0000 The Associated Press 3379 at http://michiganradio.org Two sailors dead after boat capsizes in Lake Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/two-sailors-dead-after-boat-capsizes-lake-michigan <p>Linda Stephan, from Interlochen Public Radio sent this update on the missing sailors:</p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 16:32:58 +0000 Mark Brush 3356 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Coast Guard searching for missing sailors in Lake Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/us-coast-guard-searching-missing-sailors-lake-michigan <p>A boat capsized last night during the Chicago-to-Mackinac Island sailboat race last night.</p><p>This from Peter Payette, news director at Interlochen Public Radio:</p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 12:54:30 +0000 Mark Brush 3349 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Coast Guard searching for missing sailors in Lake Michigan