Murrysville Native Among American Sailors Missing Off Coast Of Mexico

Murrysville native among American sailors missing off coast of Mexico

One of the sailors is from the Pittsburgh region, and the U.S. Coast Guard is looking for three missing people on a yacht off the west coast.

As the hunt goes on, her mother is praying for the best.

No parent should experience what Ellen Argall is going through. Her daughter Kerry O’Brien, Kerry’s husband Frank, Bill Gross, a third sailor, and their boat Ocean Bound are all missing.

“It’s agony. Pure agony. I’m trying to hold myself together,” Kerry’s mother, Ellen Argall, said.

Kerry, a native of Murrysville, graduated in 1989 from Franklin Regional High School. She dove right in and started swimming in high school.

Kerry began boating when she first met her husband. Currently, the pair resides in Alaska.

The tweet below confirms the news:

“She’s always loved the water. As a child, she had a waterbed. She was on the two swim teams.”

The three, according to Argall, departed Mexico on April 4, 2023, with plans to travel to San Diego.

The Coast Guard reported making a few calls to Cabo San Lucas docks on April 6. Everyone’s last exchange with the crew was at that point.

“I just keep hoping and praying that I’ll hear some good news. I want good news, not bad news,” Argall added.

Coast Guard Searching for Missing Sailing Crew

The Coast Guard got involved after no one had heard from them by last weekend. There are hundreds of vessels looking for experienced crew in the sailing world.

According to the Coast Guard, the weather wasn’t the best for this journey.

“It’s a long trip, even in good conditions, from Mazatlan to Cabo; that’s two days and certainly on to San Diego, which was their eventual destination,” said Commander Greg Higgins of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Her mother is certain Kerry is still safe because she has been sailing for around 20 years. She does, however, want to feel relieved that her daughter has been located.

When they spent a few months together in Chicago, where Argall now resides, in 2021, it was the last time they actually saw each other.

“It was the most special time in my life, and I miss her so much,” Argall said.

Please contact the U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Coordination Center at (510) 437-3701 if you know anything regarding the whereabouts of the crew.

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