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Coast Guard to aid in search for six missing in Sea of Cortez

July 4, 2011 |  6:07 am

The U.S. Coast Guard stationed in San Diego is set to join the Mexican navy in the search for six people missing after a charter fishing vessel sank in the Sea of Cortez early Sunday.

The Coast Guard will launch an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to join the search in the area near Isla San Luis, approximately 200 miles southeast of San Diego.

The six were among 44 persons aboard a vessel that sank about 2:30 a.m., according to the Coast Guard. As of 4 a.m., 37 of the 44 had been rescued, and one body had been recovered.

The Mexican navy late Sunday night asked for assistance from the Coast Guard, after it had searched with surface vessels and aircraft.

The Sea of Cortez, also known as the Gulf of California, separates Baja California from the Mexican mainland.

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