Mexico Searches for 7 Missing in Boat Accident

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Mexican authorities are continuing the search for seven American tourists whose fishing boat capsized and sank during a storm off Mexico's Baja California peninsula.

The incident happened Sunday after the 35-meter vessel, the Erik, left the port of San Felipe for a fishing trip on the Sea of Cortez. One American was killed in the accident.

Thirty-five of the 43 passengers and crew members were rescued, some of them by Navy vessels, other ships and fishermen. A U.S. Coast Guard official said other survivors swam to shore to seek help.

Mexican navy helicopters and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter have been involved in the search for the missing persons.