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Boat in fatal capsizing was overloaded, San Diego authorities say

July 27, 2011 |  2:22 pm

330210920-28081019 The capsizing of a sailboat in San Diego Bay in which two persons drowned was the result of the boat being overloaded and in poor condition, an investigation released Wednesday by the Harbor Police Department concluded.

Xingchao Chen, 73, and his son, Jun Chen, 48, were among 10 persons on the 26-foot sailboat owned by a nonprofit corporation that provides sailing outings for people with special needs.

All 10 persons aboard were dumped into the 55-degree water between Shelter Island and Harbor Island on the afternoon of March 27. Eight were rescued by other boaters and Harbor Patrol personnel. Resuscitation efforts on the Chens failed to revive them.

The district attorney has decided that no criminal charges will be filed, the Harbor Police Department said.

Members of two families were aboard the 1988 MacGregor model sailboat, owned by the Indiana-based Heart of Sailing Foundation.


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Photo: Two people died when a boat capsized March 27 in San Diego Bay. Credit: Fox 5 San Diego