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Two Killed In Bloomington Charity Sailboat Trip

Last updated on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

(BLOOMINGTON, IN) - Investigators believe a sailboat accident in San Diego Bay that killed the uncle and grandfather of an 11-year-old autistic boy was caused by a wind gust.

The boat overturned Sunday during an excursion arranged by a Bloomington, Indiana-based charity that provides sailing trips for people with disabilities.

Heart of Sailing Board President John Shean says ten people were aboard the 26-foot 1988 Macgregor sailboat when it capsized.

Investigators say some of those 10 people aboard were not wearing life jackets, but California law only requires children to wear life preservers.

73-year-old Chao Chen and his 48-year-old son, Jun Chen, died Sunday night.

Heart of Sailing was founded six years ago in Bloomington to help people with disabilities like Autism and Down Syndrome.

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