Inverted Pyramid Capsized Catamaran
Four Springfield University students were involved in a sailing accident off of Daytona Beach in Florida Friday evening, leaving one student hospitalized and another missing.
The students were sailing a 16-foot-long catamaran.
Around 5 p.m. the boat sprung a leak and capsized. Hoping for help, the students hung on to the boat through the night.
None of the students were wearing life jackets.
By the time morning came, the boat was four miles away from shore, taken by the strong Atlantic current.
Unsure of what else to do, the students decided to swim for shore.
On the way into shore, one of the students, Christy Wapniarski, claimed that there was a shark attacking her, but fell unconscious before more details could be given.
Although the students tried to swim her back to shore, they could not. She is still missing.
The other three returned to shore six hours later.
All of the students were taken to Halifax Hospital. One, Randy Cohen was stung by a dozens of Portuguese man-of-wars and is still being treated. The other students, Daniel Perrin and Tammy Ennis, were released.