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Sailor Saved, Another Dies

May 10, 2005|From Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A sailor who was washed overboard hundreds of miles off the Virginia coast was pulled to safety on a merchant ship Monday, the Coast Guard said. Another sailor was found dead.

Lochlin Reidy, 58, of Woodbridge, Conn., was spotted about 4 a.m. after a Coast Guard plane saw a strobe light about 400 miles east of Virginia Beach, said Officer Krys Hannum, a Coast Guard spokeswoman.

Reidy was wearing a life jacket with the light attached. He was taken aboard the Sakura Express, a Panamanian-flagged tanker that was helping with the search. His condition was not immediately available.

Later Monday, Thomas Tighe, 65, of Patterson, N.Y., the boat's captain, was found dead in the water.

The Sakura Express, with Reidy and the body of Tighe on board, was scheduled to arrive in Boston Harbor today.

Three other sailors on the men's 45-foot sailboat said Tighe and Reidy were washed overboard as they were preparing a life raft to evacuate the crew after the boat began taking on water from 16- to 20-foot waves.

The three who stayed on the boat were rescued Sunday night and airlifted to Nantucket, Mass. Kelly Newlin, a Coast Guard spokeswoman in Boston, said they were in good condition.

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