In an interview, Australian sailor Jessica Watson opened up about her boyfriend Cameron Dale’s death in 2021
. He passed away due to a catastrophic stroke at the age of 29.
The two met when Watson, who was 16 years old at the time, tried to sail around the world on her own.
Despite her incredible achievements, Watson still struggles with the loss of her boyfriend.
In an interview with Channel 7, she opened up about how sailing has helped her cope with her grief.
When asked about how sailing helped her during her difficult time, Watson said it was a lifeline.
In a statement at the time of Dale’s death, she wrote that he was her long-term partner and passed away following a massive stroke.
She also thanked the staff at Gold Coast University Hospital for their care during the time of her boyfriend’s illness.
After it was revealed that high blood pressure was the cause of his death, Watson became a spokesperson for stroke awareness.
According to Sharon Mcgowan, the chief executive of the Stroke Foundation, 29 Australians under 55 years old suffer a stroke each day, most of them due to high blood pressure.
Watson’s story has been featured in a Netflix film called “True Spirit,” which will be released on the 3rd of February.
The film’s trailer shows Watson struggling with loneliness and fear as she battles against the harsh conditions at sea.
The press coverage of her trip also caused some to question her parents’ decision to let her go on the voyage.
Despite the obstacles she faced, Watson still managed to sail successfully.