Microburst overturns Lake Dillon racing sailboats

By: Associated Press
August 8, 2014 Updated: August 8, 2014 at 7:24 am

DILLON — Sailors competing in a race on Dillon Reservoir had to be rescued after a microburst overturned about a dozen boats.

They were participating in the Buccaneer 18 North American championships, part of the annual Dillon Regatta, when a downdraft of air from storm clouds hit around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, capsizing the sailboats and sending their two-person crews into the water.

Lake Dillon Fire spokesman Steve Lipsher says race organizers and boaters helped pull them out of the frigid waters and firefighters, sheriff's deputies and others helped get them back to shore to dry off and get warmed up.

No one was injured.

The Summit Daily News (http://bit.ly/1lHaP2L ) reported that some estimated the wind gust was about 40 knots, or 46 miles per hour.

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