The RCMP has released the name of a man lost at sea Saturday off the southwest coast of Newfoundland.
Dr. Ned Cabot, 69, who was swept from his yacht Cielita by a rogue wave, was a Boston native.
The RCMP said his family authorized the release of his name and a statement to the media with the following information.
After graduating from Harvard Medical School. Cabot served as a volunteer at the Grenfell Mission in the Labrador. He practiced as a surgeon in the Boston area for many years and taught at Harvard Medical School. After his retirement, Cabot devoted himself to his love of the sea and conservation concerns. He served as chairman of the Sea Education Association and was an early leader of Sailors For the Sea.
A lifelong sailor, Cabot avidly explored the waters of the North Atlantic. With friends as crew, he circumnavigated Newfoundland at least twice before 2000. Over the course of the past seven summers, he and his friends sailed his sloop Cielita from Nova Scotia to the Labrador, Greenland, Iceland, Scotland and eventually to the Baltic, the Norwegian coast and Spitsbergen.
He was returning from Iceland via Greenland and the Newfoundland-Labrador coast when the accident occurred. He is survived by his wife, four children, and three grandchildren.
His family members wish to express their deepest gratitude to the personnel of the Canadian Coast Guard for their tireless search and rescue efforts on his behalf.
The Canadian Coast Guard has recovered what is believed to be the body of a person who went overboard from a yacht off Newfoundland's West Coast early Sunday morning.
The body has been returned to land and authorities are working to make a positive identification. It was spotted by a Cormorant rescue helicopter just after 10 a.m.
The call of a person overboard went out from a 46-foot sailboat that was about 10 nautical miles offshore of Stephenville. Sea conditions were reportedly rough at the time.
The vessel is from the U.S.