Detroit man dead after sailboat sinks off NJ

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A Detroit man was killed and three others injured when a 44-foot sailboat began sinking in rough seas off the New Jersey coast about 100 miles southeast of Atlantic City.

The Atlantic County medical examiner yesterday pronounced 65-year-old Phil Rubright dead yesterday. Forty-four-year-old Teresa Garvie and 52-year-old Kevin Hogan of Mount Pleasant, S.C. were rescued.

The three were aboard the sailing vessel Freefall when it sent a distress signal around Tuesday night. A Coast Guard plane and helicopter were launched from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.

The rescue crews located the stricken vessel early Wednesday. A rescue swimmer also was injured in the rescue effort.


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