MIAMI, FL— July 6, 2011 – At least one person is dead and seven remain missing following an unfortunate boating accident that happened in the Sea of Cortez on July 3, 2011. According to information provided by the Los Angeles Times, a fishing boat occupied by 43 people, including 27 American tourists and 16 Mexican crew members, capsized during a violent storm off the coast of Mexico.
Mexican Navy personnel continue to search the waters off Baja California in an attempt to recover seven people who remained missing following the fishing boat accident. Mexican officials told reporters that 35 of the accident victims either swam miles to the shore or were rescued by fishing vessels navigating the area after the boat sank.
A spokesperson for the Mexican Navy contended search and rescue crews were utilizing planes, helicopters, and vessels to probe the area where the sport fishing boat sank. Navy personnel were also apparently searching for survivors from ashore. Thus far, local authorities have recovered the body of one man involved in the boat sinking.
According to David Levine, who was aboard the vessel when severe weather conditions caused it to capsize, “Everybody jumped into the water… a lot of people went in with no life vest.” Nevertheless, Mexican authorities contended the search would continue on the basis that those lost at sea have a higher chance of survival due to warm water and air temperatures. Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard’s San Diego Sector joined search and rescue missions on July 4.
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