A noth Bit sudden calamity has shed a gloom in our midst in the death by drowning of a flue young man belonging to tho Armed Constabulary named Abort Laidley. Tho accident took place in tho middle of the harbour, and right in view of inhabitants on tho Beach Hoad. About I o’clock yesterday afternoon three members of the Armed Constabulary named Hichard Keeffe, Albert Laidley, and Edward Carter put off from shore in the yacht Sappho, recently purchased by the Constabulary from Mr. McDonald. There was a fresh breeze from the. westward at tho time, and the Sappho bad a reef in her mainsail, the only canvass carried. She was observed from shore to be very sensitive to puffs of wind, and to lie over to one side in a more than usual manner. It was casually remarked by a spectator that she was not a bout to be played with, and the words had scarcely been spoken when she was observed to go over and turn bottom up. Almost at the same moment three heads were seen to emerge from the water. In less time than it has taken to relate this, four boats were pulling hard for the spot, — namely, the boat of the Nautilus, the dingey of the Katie* a boat belonging to E. Castaing, wate mm, and the Government, whaleboat, manned by Constabulary. The Nautilus boat was first, aud succeeded in picking up Carter, who had struck out and was swimming at a short distance, and also in extracting Laidley. who somehow or other had gob entangled with the sail. Castaing’a boat brought off Keefle, Peer Laidley was insensible when landed on the wharf, where a number of persons desirous of lending assistance, and with restoratives at hand, were waiting to receive them. Dr. Arrnitage speedily arrived, and made every possible effort to restore animal ion, but in vain; and after about an hour of tho most assiduous and painstaking attention the doctor pronounced him dead. ’ It would appear that Carter was sitting in the stern sheets steering at tho time of the accident. The yacht was lying close hauled, a sudden puff of wind coning on, she was allowed to fail off before the wind, and tho sheet being fast she went over, the mast and sail disappearing under water. I here were cDlu small bags of sand ballast on board at the time. ° An inquest will be held this ojoruiiw at 10 o’clock at the Victoria Hotel. *
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