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Body of captain in yacht race accident identified

May 8, 2012 |  8:26 am

The body found near the Coronado Islands has been identified as the boat captain of the 37-foot sailboat that sank during the Newport Beach to Ensenada regatta.

A daughter of Theo Mavromatis, 49, of Redondo Beach, told the Long Beach Press-Telegram that the San Diego County medical examiner notified the family Monday that her father's body had been recovered.

The bodies of three other crew members were found April 28 near the wreckage of the ship Aegean. Mavromatis' body was discovered Sunday by fishermen; he was skipper of the boat.

The Coast Guard is investigating the sinking. One theory is the sailboat was struck by a larger vessel, another theory is it hit rocks on the shoreline of one of the Coronado Islands, about 15 miles south of San Diego.

The boat disappeared about 1:30 a.m. April 28.

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