Low Speed Chase Survivor 'Absolutely Devastated'

Bryan Chong says he misses his friends and is still shocked by what happened Saturday.

By Jodi Hernandez and Sajid Farooq
|  Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012  |  Updated 6:17 PM PDT
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New Pictures of Bay Area Boating Accident

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Low Speed Chase, a boat wrecked during a race in the Farallon Islands

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New Pictures of Bay Area Boating Accident

New images of the yacht named "Low Speed Chase" as rescuers tried to save its crew. NBC Bay Area's Jodi Hernandez has story.
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One of the survivors of a boat that crashed near the Farallon Islands Saturday said he is devastated by the loss of his friends.

Bryan Chong, one of the survivors of the Low Speed Chase, called the four sailors who went missing when the 38-foot sailboat was struck by a big wave, "true watermen" and his "sailing companions."

Those companions, who still haven't been found, are: Alan Cahill, Marc Kasanin, Jordan Fromm, Alexis Busch, and Elmer Morrissey,

"I am absolutely devastated at the sudden and tragic boat accident on Saturday afternoon during the Full Crew Farallones Race," he said in a statement. "The ocean is powerful and lacks the compassion that has been so generously bestowed by friends, family, neighbors and the sailing community. We’ll spend years looking back on this weekend, asking questions that may never have answers."

Eight people were on the boat when it crashed. The Coast Guard and Air National Guard searched an area of more than 5,000 square miles over a period of more than 30 hours and was able to rescue three survivors about 26 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge and recover one body.

Cahill's wife also released a statement. The two can be seen posing in Lake Tahoe to the right.

Shannon Cahill said Alan's two children were the joy of his life and that he was an accomplished sailor who grew up with friends and family who were sailors.

The Tiburon resident described the experience as an "extremely difficult time of loss and profound sadness."

Chong also asked that the survivors and their families be given privacy as they try to recover from the crash.
 

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