The Patch: Fatal Aegean Yacht Crash Result of ‘Inadequate Lookout’ Report Says

Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime
October 30, 2012

A report from U.S. Sailing says the fatal Aegean yacht crash during the annual Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race was likely due to inadequate lookout by the vessel’s four sailors.

Fatal Aegean Yacht Crash Result of Inadequate Lookout Report Says

The Aegean hit North Coronado Island, killing four people, during the annual Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race in April due to “an inadequate lookout,” according to a final report from U.S. Sailing, the sport’s governing body.

U.S. Sailing released the report Tuesday and will present its findings Thursday at the organization’s annual meeting. According to the U.S. Sailing report, the yacht crashed into the North Coronado Island in Mexico in the early morning of April 28 while running on autopilot. The crash resulted in the deaths of sailors William Johnson Jr., 57, of Torrance; Kevin Rudolph, 53, of Manhattan Beach; Joseph Stewart, 64, of Bradenton, Fla.; and skipper Theo Mavromatis, 49, of Redondo Beach.

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Jim Caldwell
Redondo Beach


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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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