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Two theories put forth on what caused fatal sailboat accident in San Diego Bay

March 29, 2011 |  6:28 pm

Two theories were posited Tuesday for what caused a sailboat to capsize in San Diego Bay, leaving two dead. But the agency leading the probe into the accident, the San Diego Harbor Police, said it will take weeks before a cause is determined.

In media interviews, the maker of the 26-foot sailboat said the craft may have been overloaded, and the president of the group sponsoring the outing blamed a gust of wind that caught the sail.

Ten people were on the boat when it capsized off Harbor Island while maneuvering. Chao Chen, 73, and his son, Jun Chen, 45, both of San Diego, drowned, according to the county medical examiner.

The outing was sponsored by the Indiana-based Heart of Sailing Foundation, which arranges sailing trips for special-needs children and adults.


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