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Coast Guard Ends Search for Laura Zekoll Who Went Missing After the Sailboat Rule 62 Capsized Off the Bahamas

November 16, 2010 Boating Accident Injury & Death

Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the U.S. Coast Guard ended its search for the Laura Zekoll, 46, of Atlanta, Georgia. Zekoll was one of four people aboard the sailboat Rule 62, along with Richard and Debra Ross of Atlanta and David Sheppard of Ellsworth, Maine. The Rule 62 capsized on November 13, 2010 while the vessel was attempting to enter the Bahamas. According to the Cruising Rally Association, all four managed to get on a life raft with lifejackets on and tried to row to safety. “The life raft subsequently overturned in swells,” the association said in an update. “Richard, Debra and David were separated from Laura and washed up on the beach. The Rosses and Sheppard were airlifted to safety after the Coast Guard received their emergency signal.

The Coast Guard employed a Jayhawk helicopter, Dolphin helicopter and C-130 airplane in its search and rescue mission. Chief Petty Officer Russell Tippets of the 7th Coast Guard District located in Miami, Florida stated, “After 25 hours of searching and covering more than 1,600 square miles, our search and rescue coordinators felt they had done everything possible to find this missing person.”