- Richard died during a sailing trip from Narragansett Bay to Bermuda. He and two friends set forth on the 37' sloop "Ankh" to Bermuda, where June planned to meet them. The owner of the sloop, Ron, injured himself (they had been in heavy seas for several days). Earlier a small fire had knocked out their electrical supply.
When Ron's chest began to gurgle, the three used an emergency radio to call for help. An empty tanker responded - as they were 300 miles east of Virginia, they were out of range of land based Coast Guard (except a plane that videotaped the accident). The US aircraft carrier Stennis was too far to yet send support but was diverted to assist.
During the rescue, all three jumped for nets hanging off the tanker. Only the injured Ron got a firm grip. On other passes past Richard and the other man, only the other man managed to grab hold of a line (he said Richard was alive, had his glasses and seemed okay).
Richard's body was found the next day. The tanker had no medical facilities - it was not until the Stennis arrived the next day that Ron received help.