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California Sailboat Sinking: Four Missing off California Coast

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 25, 2013 Last Updated: February 25, 2013
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California sailboat sinking: Four people, including two children under the age of 8, have gone missing in waters off the coast of California while their sailboat was sinking.

Coast Guard pilots prepare to take off on a search and rescue mission in October 2009 in San Diego, California. On Feb. 25, 2012, four people disappeared off the coast of Northern California after their boat sank. (Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

Coast Guard pilots prepare to take off on a search and rescue mission in October 2009 in San Diego, California. On Feb. 25, 2012, four people disappeared off the coast of Northern California after their boat sank. (Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

Four people have gone missing after a sailboat sank off the coast of Northern California, prompting the U.S. Coast Guard to carry out a search on Sunday night and Monday.

The four family members, including two children under 8, sent out distress signals while their boat was sinking south of San Francisco on Sunday, reported The Associated Press, citing Coast Guard Lt. Heather Lampert. The 29-foot sailboat, which is called the “Charmblow,” was approximately 65 miles south of Monterrey at 4:20 p.m.

On Sunday, the National Weather Service issued an advisory for rough seas and high winds across the San Francisco Bay Area. The water temperatures are cold—around 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit—meaning that it is easy to come down with hypothermia.

Those who are “operating smaller vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions,” the agency said, according to AP.

The Coast Guard said the family could be still clinging to a life ring and a cooler off the coast. “They had a life ring and a cooler that they were stringing together to try to stay afloat,” Lampert told KTVU in the Bay Area.

Authorities did not know the names of those who were on board the vessel, but said they include a man, a woman, their 4-year-old son, and his cousin, who is also believed to be very young.

“They didn’t have a working GPS on board, so we were never able to get an accurate fix on where their vessel was,” Lampert said. It is also unclear where the family is from, she said.

The family, in choppy radio transmissions to the Coast Guard, said they were were abandoning the sailboat during the last message at 5:30 p.m.

Lampert said there were no survival suits or emergency positioning beacons on the boat.

The Coast Guard deployed boats and a C-130 aircraft overnight. On Monday, authorities also deployed two helicopters, a 47-foot motor lifeboat, a 87-foot patrol boat, and a 210-foot cutter.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/renata.poiquet Renata Poiquet

    Why has it taken the Coast Guard 1.5 day to respond to begin with?? Why were they not there within hours???


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