Bodies of 3 men found after boat capsizes near Channel Islands
The Coast Guard has recovered the bodies of three men whose 24-foot recreational boat was found capsized near Santa Cruz Island after a family member reported it missing Sunday morning, officials said.
Searchers spotted the body of a fourth man who was on the boat but were unable to recover it, Petty Officer Adam Eggers said Sunday night. None of the men wore life jackets.
Eggers said Coast Guard policy prohibited him from releasing the victims’ names. No one answered the the phone at the Santa Barbara County Coroner’s office, which is involved in the case.
The Coast Guard began its search after a relative of one of the men reported that the boat had not returned to Channel Islands Harbor when it was expected.
The Coast Guard used a helicopter and two boats in the search, which was assisted by Santa Cruz Island park rangers and a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s chopper.
The overturned pleasure craft was found at about 1 p.m. and the three bodies recovered shortly thereafter. A search continued Sunday night for the fourth body, which had been spotted from the air earlier in the day. The helicopter had to leave the area to refuel, however, and the body was gone by the time one of the search boats arrived, Eggers said.
-- Kim Christensen