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Body found near Coronado Islands may be from yacht race accident

May 7, 2012 |  8:17 am

 The San Diego County medical examiner is inspecting a body found floating near the Coronado Islands to determine if it is the fourth crew member from the sailboat that sank during the Newport Beach to Ensenada regatta.

Three bodies were found amid the debris of the 37-foot sailboat Aegean within hours of the craft disappearing. The fourth crew member, the boat's owner and skipper Theo Mavromatis, 49, of Redondo Beach, was not recovered.

A body was discovered Sunday by fishermen. The medical examiner is set to determine the cause of death and the identity. The rocky and largely unpopulated Coronado Islands, about 15 miles south of San Diego, are governed by Mexico.

The Coast Guard continues to investigate the sinking to determine a cause. One theory is that it was hit by a larger vessel; another is that it went off course and smashed on the rocks. The Aegean disappeared around 1:30 a.m. on April 28.


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