Another Boom Accident On A Sailboat
Northern Ireland attorney and yacht racer John Thompson is in Barbados is critical – some say grave – condition after being hit in the head with the boom on his sailboat Avocet. Thompson was participating in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers from the Canary Islands to St. Lucia when the accident happened last Friday. He was transferred to the cruise ship Costa Mediterranea and brought ashore in Barbados where he remains.
One newspaper article has a family member describing the prognosis as “bleak” while another report states that the Barbados specialists “are not hopeful that Dad’s injuries are operable.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Thompson family.
The Barbados Coast Guard lacks a rescue and patrol helicopter division and it seems to me that as a nation of the sea, we should have this capability. Yes, we only have so much money – but again I have to ask how many societal needs we could satisfy for the price of the unnecessary renovations to Kensington Oval and the flyover project (not to mention the bribes and the waste!)
Perhaps BFP’s aviation expert Robert could do up an article about helicopters when he returns? (Thanks in advance, Robert!)
Belfast Telegraph: Ulster barrister fighting for his life after sailing accident
BBC News: QC Critical After Yacht Accident