|Birth: ||Nov., 1985, USA|
|Death: ||Nov. 24, 1995, New Zealand|
Ben Sleavin 9, of Santa Clarita, California.
His father Michael drowned while attempting to save his daughter Annie, 7 who had been swept away by a wave of the coast of New Zealand.
Michael, his wife Judith, his son Ben and his daughter Annie had started off on a 5 year around the world voyage on their 47 foot sail boat in 1993. They were in the 3rd year of the voyage when South Korean cargo ship collided with their sail boat. Ben, 9 went down with the sail boat. Michael, Judith and Annie managed to get into their rubber dinghy.
They tried to get help from the crew of the ship that had collided with their sail boat. They were totally ignored and left to die. After the collision Annie was swept away by a wave; her dad Michael tried to save her and drowned also. Judith, the lone survivor could only watch as they drowned; Judith had a broken back and a fractured skull.
Annie's Godmother, Hestor Rumberg has written a book on the family's ordeal; it's called "Ten Degrees of Reckoning".
Michael P. Sleavin (1952 - 1995)
Body lost at sea
Created by: Breadlady45 from Chicago
Record added: Dec 10, 2009
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