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Retired surgeon drowns while sailing

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Stephenville, Newfoundland - Canadian police say they have recovered the body of a retired surgeon from Boston who drowned off western Newfoundland.

Sixty-nine-year-old Dr. Ned Cabot was swept from his 15-yard (14-meter) sailing yacht Cielita in rough seas Saturday in an area about nine miles (16 kilometers) off Stephenville.

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Monday that Cabot's body was recovered Sunday by a helicopter.

In a statement, his family said Cabot practiced as a surgeon in the Boston area for years and also taught at Harvard Medical School. Following retirement, he spent much of his time exploring the waters of the North Atlantic.

His family says Cabot was returning from Iceland when a rogue wave struck the boat.

Cabot's father, Thomas Dudley Cabot, served in the U.S. State Department under President Harry S. Truman. - Sapa-AP

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