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Port O'Connor man, grandson safe after sailboats capsize near Galveston

Sept. 27, 2011 at 4:27 a.m.


A 71-year-old grandfather from Port O'Connor and his grandson, 20, were found safe in Galveston on Monday night after their crudely built sailboats capsized near the Galveston causeway.

The Coast Guard began the search for JJ Ault and his grandson, Spencer Hyun, after Union Pacific officials reported the vessels near the West Bay railroad bridge between Galveston and the mainland about 11 a.m. Monday, according to the Associated Press.

The search was halted late Monday night after the men were found at a Galveston hotel. They told authorities they swam to shore after their crafts capsized.

The duo set sail on Sept. 9 in two 13 1/2

"They don't know exactly how long it will take or what they will do when they get there. They don't even know exactly where 'there' will be," Spencer's mother, Sarah Washburn, was quoted as saying in the Dolphin Talk.

The Advocate was unable to reach the sailing team Tuesday.

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