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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