Boat capsizes off Mexico: At least six missing

A 100-foot fishing boat capsized and sank off the coast of Mexico`s Baja California.

Mexico City: At least six people were missing after a 100-foot fishing boat capsized and sank off the coast of Mexico`s Baja California, a US Coast Guard spokeswoman reported on Monday.

The US Coast Guard was assisting the Mexican navy early today in the search for the missing in the Sea of Cortez, Coast Guard Petty Officer Pamela Boehland said from
Alamada, Calif.

The boat had 44 people including 27 Americans aboard when it capsized around 2:30 am yesterday, Boehland said. It left from San Felipe carrying 17 crew and 27 fishermen, according to Baja California Civil Protection Director Alfredo
Escobedo Ortiz.

Boehland said the US agency was told by the Mexican Navy that one person had died, but Escobedo said there were no confirmed deaths yet and 11 people were missing. It was not immediately possible to resolve the conflicting reports.

Thirty-seven survivors were alive, including all the Americans, Boehland said.

It took a while for authorities to hear about the tragedy because the boat capsized in a remote area and some survivors had to swim to shore and hike for a while before
they could get help, she said.

Mexican navy helicopters were scouring the area, and the US planned to send a helicopter early today.


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