A sailboat has been towed to Dartmouth Cove in Nova Scotia after its German owners were killed in an accident at sea last month.
Karl and Annemarie Frank lived on their CNB 66 yacht, Escape, and blogged about their browsing experiences.
Last month, the couple picked up two American passengers somewhere in the Caribbean. Around June 9, they left Bermuda and headed for Nova Scotia.
On the morning of June 12, they ran into a severe storm off the coast of Massachusetts, said Lt.-Cmdr. Mason Wilcox of the US Coast Guard.
“There was some sort of rigging failure which injured the lady on board, and when the gentleman came by to help her, he was also injured,” Wilcox said.
“Because of these injuries, the two passengers … pressed the onboard emergency beacon to say, ‘We need help’.”
The Coast Guard responded to the call and the German couple were taken to Massachusetts where they were pronounced dead.
The Coast Guard returned later that day to rescue the two American passengers who remained aboard the adrift Escape.
“We didn’t tow the sailboat because we wanted to get it back to shore as quickly as possible. And unfortunately towing a sailboat that far could probably cause more damage if we went fast,” Wilcox said.
Philip Wash, an experienced sailor from Halifax, was hired by Leeway Marine in Dartmouth to salvage the yacht.
He and a crew set out from Pubnico a few weeks ago on a lobster boat. They spent days looking for Escape in the Atlantic Ocean and finally found it in the middle of the night.
“We put all kinds of lights on it, and there it was, just sitting there, crumbling back and forth,” Wash said.
Before disturbing anything on board, Wash and his crew took photos of the scene for the German insurance company and investigators.
It is unclear how long the yacht will remain at Dartmouth Cove.
The German investigation into the accident, with the help of the US Coast Guard, is ongoing.