Girl, 3, dies in Westport boating accident

A three-year-old girl died after the catamaran they were sailing Tuesday morning capsized near Cockenoe Island. Full Story
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KAL

Pomona, NY

#1 Aug 26, 2008
How sad, poor little baby. This is just horrible for the instructor, the other children who witnessed this. I'm not so sure I would have had my 3 year old out on the water for this.
So Sad

Monroe, NY

#2 Aug 26, 2008
My family was out on this boat on Sunday. I can't even imagine . . .I'm so sorry for the family.
Mark

Warwick, NY

#3 Aug 26, 2008
What are people thinking about when they take a 3 year old out to sea in a catamaran?
what a dork

West New York, NJ

#4 Aug 26, 2008
Mark wrote:
What are people thinking about when they take a 3 year old out to sea in a catamaran?
Dude, you're an i-diot!!!
Diagio

Wallingford, CT

#5 Aug 26, 2008
The parents weren't even on the boat, according to the article. Only the instructor and 3 kids under the age of 10.

Nice going, parents. Leave your 3 year old in a sailing class when she's barely out of diapers. What the he11 were you thinking?

This will be a nice little lawsuit for the Longshore Sailing School to handle. Oh well, the exorbitant fees they charge for these classes ought to cover the court costs easily. And I bet they send a large flower wreath to the funeral.
Bill

Matawan, NJ

#6 Aug 26, 2008
Diagio wrote:
The parents weren't even on the boat, according to the article. Only the instructor and 3 kids under the age of 10.
Nice going, parents. Leave your 3 year old in a sailing class when she's barely out of diapers. What the he11 were you thinking?
This will be a nice little lawsuit for the Longshore Sailing School to handle. Oh well, the exorbitant fees they charge for these classes ought to cover the court costs easily. And I bet they send a large flower wreath to the funeral.
Diagio- Pray to God you never go through anything remotely like this. You have a heart of stone.
Peggy Sue

Tampa, FL

#7 Aug 26, 2008
It is hard to understand why a 3 year old would need sailing lessons.
Think

Sandy Hook, CT

#8 Aug 27, 2008
How tragic! But, good Lord, what on earth is a 3-year old doing in sailing school? That makes absolutely no sense to me at all. I have no idea how the parents of this baby will live with what is now a fatal decision. Awful and avoidable!
concerned grandparent

Astoria, NY

#9 Aug 27, 2008
3 years old sailing
tvguyjake

Bronx, NY

#10 Aug 27, 2008
According to their web site, Longshore Sailing School has a minimum age requirement of 9 years old
for supervised sailing instruction. So how did two 3-year olds manage to go out on a Hobie Cat (no less)? More info to come perhaps.
Mizzundastood

East Berlin, CT

#11 Aug 27, 2008
Two 3-year olds and a 6-year old. NONE of the kids on that Hobie were old enough to be there.

And believe me, 3 years old is way too young to even have a conception of how to sail. These kids only began talking at 18 months or so; they didn't walk until about a year. A lot of 3-year olds aren't even toilet trained yet - still use pacifiers - still get pushed in strollers - still drink from bottles.
Aunt Puffy

Hialeah, FL

#12 Aug 27, 2008
What a tragedy for the family to experience. My heart goes out to them. We all should kiss our own children and be grateful that they are with us. The entire family is in my family's thoughts and prayers as this family lives through a parent's or grandparent's worst nightmare.
Family Friend

Newington, CT

#13 Aug 28, 2008
I know Alex's maternal grandma and granddad and I am sure they do not understand this horrible tragedy but understanding will not take away this truly horrible, horrible loss. Please say a prayer for them all!
Vox Pop

Durham, CT

#14 Aug 29, 2008
tvguyjake wrote:
According to their web site, Longshore Sailing School has a minimum age requirement of 9 years old
for supervised sailing instruction. So how did two 3-year olds manage to go out on a Hobie Cat (no less)? More info to come perhaps.
Apparently - according to reports in the NY Post - the parents had made "special arrangements" with the sailing school to get around the age/swim ability rules. It's too bad they were broken. Even worse if the parents were actively responsible for placing kids in mortal danger.
Vox Pop

Amston, CT

#15 Dec 15, 2008
Well, now it's nearing the end of the year.
And yet, there has been no resolution of this senseless tragedy.
The First Selectman's findings?
The Westport PD's findings?
The fate of Longshore Sailing School?
Changes in its procedures, presuming it is allowed to continue operating?
The fate of the Longshore "Instructor" who took those three children out for what was apparently a "ride," not a "lesson?"
Sam

Plain City, OH

#16 Dec 15, 2008
Vox Pop wrote:
Well, now it's nearing the end of the year.
And yet, there has been no resolution of this senseless tragedy.
The First Selectman's findings?
The Westport PD's findings?
The fate of Longshore Sailing School?
Changes in its procedures, presuming it is allowed to continue operating?
The fate of the Longshore "Instructor" who took those three children out for what was apparently a "ride," not a "lesson?"
How sad--money and special favors apparently being more important than a child's life and what can be done to prevent such needless tragedy again.
Vox Pop

Amston, CT

#17 Dec 15, 2008
Sam wrote:
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How sad--money and special favors apparently being more important than a child's life and what can be done to prevent such needless tragedy again.
Right.
This thing has been stalled for months.
I'm looking for some assurance that such avoidable loss of life will not be allowed to repeat. That's going to mean a public conclusion to this sad story, and details of what's been - and will be - done to prevent another.
Vox Pop

Amston, CT

#18 Dec 26, 2008
Christmas has come and gone.
The year is about to end.
But the wait for this sad story's resolution goes on and on.
Let's not forget, a three-year old died needlessly.
Aaron

Oceanside, CA

#19 Dec 26, 2008
Vox Pop wrote:
Christmas has come and gone.
The year is about to end.
But the wait for this sad story's resolution goes on and on.
Let's not forget, a three-year old died needlessly.
Well, it took Mark Fuhrman to finally get justice for Martha Moxley; it may take another outsider to seriously investigate this case, get justice for the child and prevent future needless tragedies. Let's hope it doesn't take 26 years.
Vox Pop

Amston, CT

#20 Dec 29, 2008
Aaron wrote:
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Well, it took Mark Fuhrman to finally get justice for Martha Moxley; it may take another outsider to seriously investigate this case, get justice for the child and prevent future needless tragedies. Let's hope it doesn't take 26 years.
I fervently share that hope.
Frankly, I am disappointed with the apparent inaction of Westport's First Selectman, Parks & Recreation and Police Departments.

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