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Sailors’ Bodies Recovered

On December 25, two weeks after falling off his Island Packet Kachina, the body of Casey Speed, 28, was recovered. As reported previously, Speed and his wife Lucinda — who were tenants at Sausalito Yacht Harbor — were anchored in Richardson Bay when the reportedly intoxicated Speed fell overboard. A seven-hour, multi-agency search proved fruitless. His body was spotted in the Strawberry wetlands by a local birdwatcher near sunset on Christmas Day. According to the Marin County Coroner, Speed died of drowning.

Just two days later in Santa Cruz, the body of Roy Wittrup, 64, was found floating in Santa Cruz Harbor near his Ericson 32. According to the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Wittrup, who lived aboard his boat for part of the year, was last seen at a local bar. The Santa Cruz County Coroner found he’d also died of drowning.

There’s no way to determine if alcohol played a role in either death, but these sailors’ tragic passings are grim reminders to always be careful near the water.

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