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Death Due to Entanglement

Published on November 10th, 2013

The 18 footer circuit in Australia lost one of its sailors when 23-year-old David “Casper” Hansa died in Waterloo Bay off Wynnum in Brisbane on Saturday afternoon, November 9, 2013.

Hansa was crewing onboard Team Pendeo when his trapeze harness hook became entangled following a capsize. Despite the best efforts of his teammates, the rescue boats of the Brisbane 18 Footers Sailing Club, and the Coast Guard, Hansa was unable to be revived.

“The Coast Guard responded very quickly, as did crews from the sailing club and they worked valiantly in their efforts to free the man,” reported Brisbane Water Police officer in charge, Senior Sergeant Warren Francis.”Unfortunately he was too well-hooked in what was a one-in-a-million freak occurrence.”

Source: Bayside Bulletin, Brisbane 18 Footers SC

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