JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - A couple from Montana found dead aboard
their docked 58-foot yacht apparently suffocated when a
fire-supression system was accidentally set off, using up all the
oxygen in the yacht.
The bodies of John Robertson, 56, and his wife Andreija, 50,
part-time residents of Jupiter who lived in Big Fork, Mont., were
found Jan. 19 in the entrance to the utility compartment of their
Hatteras Long Range Cruiser, the Peg Leg.
Marine experts have determined that John Robertson, a leg
amputee who wasn't wearing his prosthesis, fell and grabbed a wire
that triggered the carbon dioxide-powered fire-supression system,
Detective Amy Facchine said Thursday.
Andreija was overcome by lack of oxygen when she probably tried
to rescue her 260-pound husband, investigators said.
The couple was cleaning the yacht's engine room and had begun
painting it when the accident happened, police said.
The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner's Office performed
autopsies but found no signs of foul play or trauma to the bodies.
Blood and tissue tests won't be ready for a couple of months.

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