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4 missing, 1 dead in yacht race off San Francisco

April 15, 2012 |  8:13 am

The U.S. Coast Guard was searching for survivors after a boating accident off the San Francisco coast Saturday left one person dead and four missing.

Officials had said they would resume the search Sunday morning.

The accident occurred during an annual sailboat race around the Farallon Islands, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Levi Read told The Times. He said the Coast Guard received a mayday call from one 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, Read said, adding that the Coast Guard has two search boats and a helicopter on the scene.

"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.



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