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Three yachting women die in an accident

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Three yachting women died Friday morning, Oct. 5, when they drove off the end of the pier at Newport Shipyard in heavy fog.

Louise Owen of Wales was a stew on S/Y Hyperion, which was in the yard at the time of the accident. Femmetje Staring of Holland, was chef/purser on S/Y Paraiso and partner of Capt. Stephen Fleming. Jennifer Way of North Kingstown, R.I., was a yacht manager at MCM, according to a story in The Providence Journal. 

All three women were 39 years old.

The driver of a fuel delivery truck noticed the car upside-down in the water at about 6:30 a.m. on Friday. The women were inside. Police at the time said the car had been in the water for several hours.

The local medical examiner determined that Way died of drowning. Results of the autopsies on the other two women are expected today.

More than 1,500 vehicles are submerged in water each year in the United States, resulting in 600 deaths, according to Lifesaving Resources in Maine. It offers tips for surviving such an accident, click here.

To read the Providence Journal story, click here.

To read the Boston Globe story about the accident, click here.

 

Original story Oct. 8, 2012.

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