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Sailing team member dies of apparent drowning

Nov. 11, 2008, 9:09 p.m. (ET)

HONOLULU(AP) A member of the University of Hawaii sailing team who was involved in a private boating accident over the weekend off Waikiki died Tuesday, university officials said.

Peter McGonigle Wenner, 19, of Los Angeles, died of an apparent drowning, fire officials said.

Wenner, a sophomore, was with several teammates aboard a private high-performance skiff when the accident occurred Saturday afternoon, said Hawaii athletics spokesman Derek Inouchi. No one else was injured.

The boat, named Pegasus, capsized about 2 miles from shore and Wenner was trapped underwater for about five minutes before he was pulled from the water, Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig said.

Wenner was in critical condition when he was taken to Straub Clinic & Hospital.

Athletics director Jim Donovan said Wenner was ``a loved member of the UH Athletics Department ohana (family). He touched so many lives at such a young age and we will miss him dearly.''

Hawaii sailing coach Andy Johnson said Wenner ``represented everything good about being an athlete, sailor and student here at the University of Hawaii. He was the heart and soul of our team and we will all miss him immensely.''

A public memorial service was scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Newman Center on the UH-Manoa campus.

In September, Wenner competed at the Pacific Coast Conference Sailing Men's Singlehanded Championships in San Diego, and took sixth place.

Last season, Wenner participated in several regattas, including a fifth-place showing at the Pacific Coast Conference Sailing Men's Singlehanded Championships. He was a member of the team that placed sixth at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association Sloop National Championship in Fort Worth, Texas, last November.

Peter's brother, Matthew Wenner, is a freshman on the coed team.