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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Sailor traumatised by yacht tragedy that killed wife

ALOR SETAR: The man whose wife died after she was hit by a boom on his yacht is traumatised by the tragedy.

“The incident will haunt me for life. I do not know when I will go sailing again,” said Anthony John, 70, who collected the ashes of Shelley Elizabeth Mahoney, 63, yesterday.

The Australian couple had been living in Penang for eight years.

Mahoney was cremated at the Bukit Pinang crematorium, 15km from here.

“My yacht is presently at the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) base in Batu Uban, where investigations are being carried out,” he said yesterday.

The tragedy struck at about 12.30pm last Monday during a storm 19 nautical miles from Penang.

Mahoney and John were the only ones on board the 17m timber yacht Utiekah III. They were lowering the sails when a storm hit.

Mahoney suffered head injuries after she was hit by the boom. She was then rushed to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital for emergency treatment and admitted to the intensive care unit, where she died on Friday.

John said the time that it took the maritime authorities’ rescue team to reach his yacht was just too long.

“I’m not pointing fingers but I feel the maritime emergency services must be improved to handle the increasing number of foreign yachts and boats plying the waters,” he said.

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