Sailors Killed in Yacht Race off California

Officials say boat likely hit by freighter

Racing yacht

Racing yacht     Photo: Naotake Murayama/Flickr

On Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard recovered three bodies and debris from a 37-foot racing yacht that vanished during a boat race off of southern California. Officials suspect that the Aegean was struck by a freight ship during a 124-mile race from Newport Beach, California, to Ensenada, Mexico, on Saturday. The race course passed through shipping lanes and the boat was found splintered. "This was almost like it had gone through a blender," Eric Lamb, a sailor who found the debris, said. The search for a missing fourth sailor was called off on Sunday evening. Although deaths in sailing races are exceedingly rare, five sailors were killed in a yacht race in San Francisco two weeks ago.

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