Widow of man killed on sunken sailboat gets settlement

GALVESTON, Texas — The manufacturer of the racing yacht Cynthia Woods, which capsized in 2008 and killed Texas A&M University safety officer Roger Stone, has settled a lawsuit with Stone’s widow, according to a report in the Galveston County Daily News.

Cape Fear Yacht Works — which is owned by Kent Mitchell, son of billionaire developer George Mitchell — agreed to pay Linda Stone $375,000 in the next three years, according to court documents. The money will help pay for the cost of college for Stone’s two children.

Roger Stone died after the 38-foot Cape Fear sailboat lost its keel on June 6, 2008, during a race from Galveston to Vera Cruz, Mexico. According to the paper, the boat capsized in seconds, tossing four members of the Texas A&M University at Galveston Offshore Sailing Team and one safety officer into the Gulf, where they drifted for 26 hours. Roger Stone, the crew’s second safety officer, pushed two student sailors to safety but was trapped below deck.

To read the complete report from the Daily News, click here.

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