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Marine Area Command Conduct Dive Operation During Investigations Into Fatal Yacht Crash

South Coast

Police investigating the fatal yacht crash off the state’s south coast last month expect to examine the wreckage next week.

About 3am, Saturday 10 October, Police from the Marine Area Command and other emergency services were called to Flinders Island off the coast of Port Kembla after a yacht ran aground.

Eighteen people were on the 18-metre maxi yacht ‘Shock wave’ which was participating in a race from Sydney to Flinders Island at the time.

Fellow crew members and other yachts assisted in the operation, finding 47-year-old Sally Gordon and 48-year-old Andrew Short unconscious in the water.

Despite attempts to resuscitate them, they both died.

Divers from the Marine Area Command will undertake a dive operation off Toothbrush Island near Port Kembla to conduct an underwater survey of the wreckage next week.

It is anticipated the operation will commence the week of 22 November with Police divers to make an assessment of the most suitable time to survey the wreckage based on environmental factors such as tide levels, size of swell, ocean conditions and wind speeds with optimum conditions required for the survey.

On Saturday 15 November, Police divers undertook a pre-planning dive of the area to assess the underwater conditions.

The underwater survey will form part of the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatal incident and will be a vital component of the investigation and the brief being prepared for the Coroner.


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