Patch: Sailors Find Debris at North Coronado Island (Aegean)

Sailors Find Debris at North Coronado Island

By Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime and Nicole Mooradian

A group of sailors performs its own independent investigation into the crash of the Aegean in the Newport Beach to Ensenada Yacht Race.

A group of concerned sailors has released its own firsthand report, including photographs, about what it believes happened to the ill-fated sailboat Aegean during the Lexus Newport Beach to Ensenada Yacht Race at the end of April.

Findings from the the independent investigation, which was conducted on the morning of May 7 by John R. Walton and some of his sailing buddies, have already been handed over to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Aegean Crash debris - Jim Caldwell Redondo Beach

The GPS signal emanating from a handheld SPOT tracker aboard the Aegean, a 37-foot Hunter 376 sailboat, disappeared in the early morning of April 28.

The Coast Guard began looking for the boat and its crew after other sailors reported seeing debris in the area later that morning. The bodies of crewmen Bill Johnson Jr. of Torrance, Kevin Rudolph of Manhattan Beach and Joe Stewart of Bradenton, Fla. were discovered that day.

The body of skipper Theo Mavromatis of Redondo Beach was discovered floating near Mexico’s North Coronado Island a week later.

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Jim Caldwell
Redondo Beach

About jw60sea

Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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