The non-profit group Heart of Sailing Foundation strives to help special needs children cope with the difficulties of their everyday lives through sailing therapy. Heart of Sailing provides special needs kids and their families with a chance to leave their troubles on shore and escape into adventure on the high waters. However, in the course of its admirable work, one of the group's sailboats capsized earlier this week, leaving several of its passengers dead.
The Port of San Diego's Harbor Police have completed their report on the boat crash that killed an eight-year-old boy last December, and they have handed it over to the District Attorney's office. Last Thursday, the families that were on the recreational boat were in court regarding the wrongful death lawsuit they have filed against the Coast Guard. They are claiming negligence and wrongful death on the part of the Coast Guard, accusing Coast Guard supervisors of knowing that the boat's crew was not properly trained or supervised. The families' lawyers say that they are hoping to cause the Coast Guard to overhaul its operations in San Diego Bay.