Eight Bells for Ned Cabot
Edmund ‘Ned’ Cabot, Ocean Watch crew member and avid yachtsman, drowns when swept overboard off Newfoundland.
Dr. Edmund B. ‘Ned’ Cabot, a retired surgeon and scion of a Boston Brahmin family, drowned Saturday off the coast of Newfoundland, when a rogue wave swept him from his yacht, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said today.
Cabot, 69, a lifelong sailor, was on the final leg of a journey he and friends had pursued over the past seven summers on his sloop, Cielita, that had taken them from Nova Scotia through Greenland, Iceland, and Scotland to the coast of Norway, said Peter B. Ellis, a friend of Cabot’s for 40 years.
Ellis said Cabot was sailing with two friends Saturday afternoon, about 200 miles from the end of their long journey, when a “rogue wave” struck the yacht and swept Cabot into the sea.
Ellis said he had spoken to experienced sailors who described Cabot as “the most careful and responsible sailor that they ever met.”
“They are absolutely staggered that he could have been the victim of something like this,” Ellis said. “This was not some yahoo yachtsman out on a weekend jaunt.”
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