Officials: No negligence in grounding

4/25/2012 - Olympic Sports

SAN FRANCISCO -- Authorities say they have not found any evidence of criminal negligence in the fatal grounding of a yacht on the Farallon Islands, near San Francisco.

The 38-foot sailboat was hit by waves while rounding the island during a race on April 14. Seven of the Low Speed Chase's eight crew members fell into the chilly Pacific Ocean. One was found dead later that day and four remain missing at sea.

San Francisco police, who investigated the accident, said Tuesday that they have concluded it was a terrible tragedy.

The District Attorney's office reviewed the police department's findings and agreed with that conclusion.