Texas A&M Loses One of Their Own.
Four Texas A&M students and a safety officer suffered the choppy waters of Galveston bay for 26 hours sharing only four life vests after their sailboat capsized during a regatta on the Gulf of Mexico. This accorsing to authorities on Sunday. A sixth competitor remained missing until today when the search team found his body. He was Roger Stone of Galveston.
The safety officer kept the group together in the water and used a flashlight to signal Coast Guard searchers, said R. Bowen Loftin, CEO of Texas A&M at Galveston, which three of the students attended.
The five rescued members were found about 2 a.m. Sunday and taken to UTMB in Galveston where they were proncounces to be in good condition with sunburn and dehydration. The search began Saturday morning after the 38-foot Cynthia Woods missed a radio check. A helicopter crew from Air Station Houston pulled the five men from the water 23 miles south of Freeport. They had drifted about five miles northwest of their capsized boat.
Three of the students - Steven Guy, Joe Savana and Travis Wright - attend Texas A&M at Galveston, the fourth, Ross James Buzbee, attends Texas A&M in College Station. The safety officer who kept the group together in the water was identified as Steve Conway of Texas A&M at Galveston.
The boat was competing in the Regata de Amigos. The race covers hundreds of miles from Galveston to Veracruz, Mexico and lasts almost a week. Coast Guard officials said the keel of the overturned vessel was ripped off, indicating the sailboat may have hit something in the water.
The sailors were on the Today show with Matt Lauer this morning! They all looked healthy and happy. =)