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Search continues for last of four men off Santa Cruz Island

The U.S. Coast Guard planned to resume its search Monday morning for the last of four men who drowned after their boat capsized near Santa Cruz Island over the weekend.

With help from the Coast Guard, divers from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department and the National Park Service will search for the man's body once the sun comes up.

Searchers in the air spotted the man's body on the boat Sunday but then had to leave the area to refuel, and the body was gone by the time a search boat arrived.

The Coast Guard found the bodies of three of the men on Sunday after a relative reported their 24-foot recreational boat missing. None of the four were wearing life jackets, according to the Coast Guard, which used a helicopter and two boats in the search, assisted by Santa Cruz Island park rangers and a Santa Barbara County sheriff’s chopper.

The men's names have not been released pending notification of next of kin, said Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Lt. Sandra Brown.

There was no further information about why the boat capsized, but authorities said there was no foul play suspected.

"It just looks like a hypothermic drowning," Brown said.

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