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Search continues for missing yacht racers off San Francisco

April 15, 2012 | 11:52 am

The U.S. Coast Guard continued to search Sunday for survivors of a boating accident off the San Francisco coast that left one person dead and four missing on Saturday.

The accident occurred during an annual sailboat race around the Farallon Islands, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Levi Read told the Los Angeles Times. He said the Coast Guard received a mayday call from a vessel about 3 p.m. reporting that another boat -- the 38-foot sailboat Low Speed Chase -- had run aground on rocks near the islands.

A Coast Guard helicopter rescued two people from the rocks, Read said. An Air National Guard helicopter rescued another person and also recovered the body of a person who had drowned, he said.

Four more passengers were still unaccounted for Sunday.

The Coast Guard had four boats and a helicopter searching the area. The U.S. Air National Guard has assisted in the search with two Black Hawk helicopters.

"We offer our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the missing crew in hopes they are returned home safely," the Yacht Racing Assn. of San Francisco Bay said in a statement.

The San Francisco Yacht Club,  the home club for the Low Speed Chase vessel, will hold a vigil tonight at 5 in support of those who are still missing, the club said on its website.  

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