Marsh Street resident Dr. Edmund B. “Ned” Cabot, reportedly drowned Saturday, Sept. 1, off the coast of Newfoundland when a rogue wave swept him from his yacht, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Sunday, Sept. 2, according to the Boston Globe.
A member of the famed Cabot family of Boston, for a quarter century Cabot was a surgeon at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and taught at Harvard Medical School. He reportedly retired a decade ago to pursuit sailing and dedicate himself to philanthropy as a trustee of a family charitable trust and starting his own trust.
According to reports from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Cabot was sailing with friends on his sloop, "Cielita" – "sweetheart" in Spanish – on the last leg of an annual trip that started in Nova Scotia and traveled to Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Scotland before heading back to Canada.
Only 200 miles from the end of their journey, the crew encountered gale-force winds and large waves early Saturday. As Cabot was about to take his turn at the helm, a massive rouge wave suddenly hit, sending both men into the water. While the friend was swept back onto the deck, Cabot was taken out into the turbulent sea.
Unfortunatly, the boat lost its steering and the two friends could not beat back to Cabot, failing to reach Cabot with a rope. Canadian Coast Guard recovered his body on Sunday morning.
A life-long sailor and an excellent sportsman, Cabot, 69, leaves a wife, Betsy Washburn Cabot, and four children.