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Damaged Sailboat Returns Safely

Tue., Oct. 14, 1997

A sailboat that had to be helped by the Coast Guard after it was damaged while sailing from Hawaii to Seattle entered Washington waters on Monday, the Coast Guard said.

The 45-foot True Love entered the Strait of Juan de Fuca on Monday afternoon and was expected to arrive in Seattle by today, Coast Guard Petty Officer Chance Melton said.

The boat, owned by David Stewart of Issaquah, was en route from Kauai to Seattle when it rolled, losing its boom and propulsion, in heavy seas and winds gusting to 50 mph Wednesday evening about 480 miles off the Oregon coast. Coast Guard planes dropped survival gear and equipment to make repairs.

The crew members were identified as Paul Mitchell of Kirkland and Sean Brandon and Roland Chen of Lahaina, Hawaii. They were all reportedly OK.

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