It is being called a nautical mystery. Olympic sailor Trevor Moore was not aboard his boat when it was found off of Dinner Key last Thursday. The boat was tangled in mooring lines, the engine was idling, but Moore was not with the vessel. Where he is remains a mystery as the Coast Guard halts the search.
As late as this weekend, rescue workers were still searching for the missing man. The search involved more than a dozen boats and was focused near Soldier Key. The area is five miles south of Cape Florida. The search team also utilized two helicopters to look for the U.S. Olympian.
Several personal items of Moore’s were located on the boat when it ran aground. Items included a life vest, indicating that Moore may not have been wearing one. The search and rescue team hunted for any sign of Moore for three days. Despite tireless efforts over the course of 72 hours, Moore or his body have not been located.
Moore was on the 2012 U.S. Olympic sailing team, finishing 15th in the 49er class event. He graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2007, and spent time living between Naples and North Pomfret, Vermont.
As the boating season kicks into full swing here in North Carolina, it is important to understand what to do if you capsize or are tossed overboard. Knowing what to do can potentially save your life.
If you find yourself outside of your boat and in the water, stay with your vessel. It is easier for rescue teams to spot you when you are a larger target. If anything falls out of your boat with your, or items float to the top of the water after you capsize, either tie them to the boat or create a debris field. This will also serve to make you a larger target.
When at all possible, climb on top of the hull. The water will sap your body of heat 25 times faster than the air will. Sunburn can be dealt with; hypothermia can be fatal.
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