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Four Dead in Yacht Race Crash Off California, Mexico Coast

Fogstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – Four crew members have been killed after a yacht apparently crashed into a larger boat during a race off the coast of California and Mexico this past week, authorities said.

The accident occurred Friday night or early Saturday morning. The 37-foot sailboat, named the Aegean, had been taking part in a 125-mile race from Newport, California to Ensenada, Mexico, when it was reported missing early Saturday morning.

Around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, the boat’s image vanished from the online race tracking system, prompting a Coast Guard search that led to the discovery of the boat’s wreckage near the Coronado Islands in Mexico, according to the Newport Ocean Sailing Association.

Four members of the crew were found dead.

None of the bodies have been identified, the Newport Ocean Sailing Association reported on its website.

US Coast Guard Petty Officer Henry Dunphy in San Diego said it’s still not clear what happened.

“There will be an investigation to determine exactly what happened. We’re just not sure at this point. We’re going to be looking into it,” Dunphy said.

These would be the first fatalities in the 65-year history of the race, according to NOSA’s website, but it is California’s second ocean racing accident this month.

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