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Could Natalie Wood Really Have Been Saved? New Witness Tells Police: YES!

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When Natalie Wood went into the water on November 29, 1981, the world lost an incomparable actress and gained one of the most talked about unsolved mysteries of all time.

However, with the case being reopened, shocking new details are emerging about the star and her "accident," including never-before-heard testimoney from the Coast Guard captain who pulled Natalie out of the water after he drowned.

Roger Smith was the Supervising Rescue Boat Captain on Catalina Island that night and at the time of her death, he was never brought in my police for questioning. This time around, the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department did reach out to Smith about his role in the events of that evening and Smith revealed a shocking secret: Natalie could have been saved.

According to Smith, he got the call to race out to the Splendour, the yacht Natalie was traveling on, around 5:00 am. This call came several HOURS after she had one missing from the boat. In his testimony, Smith wrote that if he had been contacted sooner, Wood could still be alive today.

In his declaration, he wrote:

“I have always wondered about the delayed call for professional help to rescue Natalie Wood. Always regretting that I hadn't been called early enough as I believe there may have been a true chance of saving Natalie, as the condition of her body after being brought ashore suggested she may have floated alive for several hours. Her fingers were pliable, and her face and body not showing certain effects being deceased in an ocean for hours would normally incur.”

Now we're getting somewhere interesting! Why wasn't the Coast Guard called sooner? What was the delay?

There's a six hour difference between the time Robert Wagner last saw her and the time the Coast Guard was called. That's a suspicious as it is ever going to get!

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10 comments to “Could Natalie Wood Really Have Been Saved? New Witness Tells Police: YES!”



  1. 1

    Wheres scooby doo and the mystery team when you need them. So many typos here. Maybe the capt. did it.



  2. 2

    "Coast Guard captain who pulled Natalie out of the water after he drowned."
    Thats skills to do that after you drowned.



  3. 3

    Not trying to be a goober, but there have been an awful lot of typos in the past few posts… Just throwin it out there P-rez.



  4. 4

    Yawn. Nothing but the blame game.



  5. 5

    more pointless nonsense. Coulda woulda shoulda. Everybody coulda been saved if this or that had happened. She's long since dead just let it lie.



  6. 6

    I hope the man who beat the crap out of her, who threw her overboard to drown when he knew she couldn't swim, finally gets what he deserves.
    Rot in hell, RJ!



  7. 7

    Ya know, I wish I could of had a job where I could constantly make mistakes and get away with it over and over and over again and get paid on top of it. In just this post there are so many errors it is unreal. How this can go on and on is beyond my comprehension. I just don't get it.



  8. 8

    Couloda, woulda, shoulda. Its all conjecture. Its been 30 years - let her rest in peace.



  9. 9

    There are no Coast Guard boats on Catalina, been there many, many times with my late husband and we usually went to the Isthsmus where Natalie drowned, the Harbor Patrol could have helped if they had been called. It would have taken the Coast Guard several hours to get over there after they had been called.

    People over there drink A LOT and the only ways to get ashore is with your dinghy or using the paid shore boat service. Used to go over every third weekend.



  10. 10

    It is a;; BS. No one beat Natalie up and threw her over board . They all got drunk, she was as usual flirting with her leading man as she nalways fif, and they all got in an argument. Drunks fight, they get ugly and she was going to bed and then got mad againand put on her coat and got in that boat and was going to shore to either get more booze or sleep and her drunk ass fell out of the boat. That captian is full of shit, she was in the water 5 hours and woul.d have died from the damn cokld water. IT is cold there at night. Been there. NO way did she last htat long hypothermia sets in. So there goes that therory out the door, Next?? Please we need more people besides that mooch sister and that drunk captian and this coast guard wanna be doctor to make money off of her death. I dont for one minute buy into this mystery crap. Natalie was SO afraid of the water that she not anyone else boought that boat and named it after the movie that she made with Warren B. after he dumped her when their afair was over while she was married to Wagner the first time…sheeesh