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Search resumes for 4th crew member

3 dead in Newport-to-Ensenada tragedy. Coast Guard looking for possible survivor from the Aegean.

April 29, 2012

SAN DIEGO — The Coast Guard is set Sunday morning to resume an aerial search for a crew member who has been missing since a 37-foot sailboat was apparently struck by a larger vessel south of San Diego during an annual race from Newport Beach to Ensenada, Mexico, leaving three other people dead.

Three bodies were recovered Saturday near the Mexican-controlled Coronado Islands. The dead were taken to the San Diego County medical examiner for identification.

A Coast Guard cutter and a Mexican naval vessel searched through the night for the crew member of the sailboat Aegean. Debris was spotted in the water.

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The Newport Ocean Sailing Assn., sponsor of the race, believes the Aegean was struck by a "much larger vessel" around 1:30 a.m. Saturday when its image disappeared from an online tracking system.

Weather was light during the race, with winds of only one to two knots, seemingly ruling out weather as a cause of the disappearance. A total of 213 boats were entered in the 65th annual race.

--Tony Perry in San Diego

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