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Four missing from sinking sailboat near San Francisco

February 25, 2013 |  8:36 am

Authorities on Monday were searching stormy waters south of San Francisco for four people, including two children under 8, who reported their sailboat was sinking.

The 29-foot sailboat, possibly named Charmblow, was approximately 65 miles off Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay around 4:20 p.m. Sunday when someone aboard made a distress call, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The caller told authorities that the boat was taking on water and that its electronics were failing. At 5:30 p.m. the vessel operator reported that the occupants were abandoning the vessel -- possibly using a makeshift life raft -- and the Coast Guard lost radio communications with them.

Multiple rescue efforts were launched using watercraft and aircraft, but there was no reported sighting by early Monday morning.

The Coast Guard is asking anyone with any information regarding the incident to notify the Coast Guard immediately at (415) 399-3547.

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