​Four Missing Boaters Lost As Coast Guard Continues Search

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February 26, 2013
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Four boaters have gone missing after their sailboat was sinking south of San Francisco, California. Among the missing are a husband and wife, their 4-year-old son, and his cousin.

The Coast Guard was able to gather information from broken distress calls from the family on Sunday, according to Lt. Heather Lampert.

The boaters said their 29-foot sailboat was taking on water and the electronics were failing. Lampert says investigators using the boat’s radio signal and radar now believe the call came in from an area about 60 miles west of Monterey, farther south than earlier reported.

The people on board may possibly have made it on to a makeshift life raft before the ship sank, Lampert said, according to CBS San Francisco.

The boat and air search focused there Monday morning. Lampert says the sailboat did not have a working GPS system.

She says the Coast Guard has not received any missing persons’ reports.

The National Weather Service had issued an advisory warning boaters of strong winds and rough seas.

Coast Guard helicopters, airplanes and boats were searching the area, but had so far not located the missing people.