Early on December 29, 1997, a Cal 34 named Morning Dew struck a submerged jetty outside Charleston, South Carolina, ending the lives of four people. In the years since, the maritime community has pondered the state of its safety equipment, especially communications systems, personal flotation devices, and EPIRBs. Unfortunately, few have focused on the seamanship exhibited early that morning by Morning Dew's crew, which comprised a sailor named Michael Cornett, his two adolescent sons, and their 14-year-old cousin. Cornett's hastily assembled plan was to deliver his boat 300 miles from Little River, South Carolina, to Jacksonville, Florida, by way of the Intracoastal Waterway. But they ended up "outside" in the ocean, during the broadcast of small-craft advisories, where sometime after midnight they struck the submerged north jetty outside Charleston harbor. Strong tidal currents and cold water claimed the lives of all aboard, but not before one of them transmitted a garbled VHF Channel 16 call to the Charleston Coast Guard station, and a crewmember on a commercial vessel in the area reported hearing cries of help from the water. The Coast Guard was accused of not properly following up on these two leads, and has since lost a $19 million court case, but things went wrong well before the vessel foundered. An inexperienced crew, a poorly prepared vessel, and adverse weather conditions were all factors that led to one of the most tragic losses of life in recent sailing history.