SANTA ANA (CBS/AP) — The manufacturer of the sailboat involved in a fatal accident in San Diego Bay says the craft was “grossly overloaded” during the mishap that killed two passengers.
KNX 1070’s Tom Reopelle reports Costa Mesa-based Roger MacGregor, who produced the 1988 MacGregor sailboat, said while there are no weight restrictions on the boat, 10 people would make the craft dangerously unstable.
MacGregor has spoken with investigators several times since the accident late Sunday.
John Shean, president of the board of the Indiana-based Heart of Sailing charity, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment about MacGregor’s opinion.
The boat overturned in calm seas in San Diego Bay with 10 people, including two children, on board.
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