Thursday, December 12, 2013

Tragic News From Bermuda

Some of you may remember a post from back in April regarding Steve Cummings and his boat 'Silent Thunder'. Steve and his wife Rose were on a mooring ball at Sunset Bay in Stuart, FL for years. Original post here

Sadly, I received an anonymous comment this morning informing us that Silent Thunder sank off the coast of Bermuda and Steve has perished.
I Googled and found this article.

Tragic end to sailor’s journey home

Tragic solo sailor Steve Cummings — whose body was washed ashore at Shelly Bay yesterday morning — was an experienced yachtsman who had sailed around the world and had spent his entire life “messing around boats”.
But the veteran skipper had to be towed into Bermuda two months ago after his vessel — a 65ft former US Army tug boat — developed mechanical problems.
Mr Cummings, from Stuart on the west coast of Florida, is understood to have been attempting a single-handed voyage across the Atlantic to the Mediterranean island of Malta — a journey he made last year with his wife, Rose.
But he was forced to detour to Bermuda and remain on the Island for several weeks while his boat — Silent Thunder — was repaired.
It is not known when exactly he left the Island to begin his final fateful journey to reunite with his wife, but authorities received a distress call shortly after midnight yesterday and a desperate search-and-rescue mission, involving marine police, divers and the Bermuda Regiment, was launched.

Complete article here.

Our hearts go out to Rose and Steve's family and friends.