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1 dead, 4 missing after sailboat race around Farallon Islands

April 14, 2012 |  9:22 pm

One person is dead and four others are missing after a boating accident off the coast of Northern California, officials said Saturday.

The accident occurred Saturday afternoon during an annual sailboat race around the Farallon Islands, according to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Levi Read. He said the Coast Guard received a mayday call from one vessel about 3 p.m. reporting that another boat had run aground on rocks near the islands.

The boat that hit the rocks was a 38-foot sailboat named Low Speed Chase.

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 of the vessel were still unaccounted for, Read said. He said the Coast Guard was conducting a search and has two boats and a helicopter on the scene.

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