4 Dead in Capsize Off Channel Islands

Authorities will probably never know what caused this accident in California’s Channel Islands, but chances are that these boaters could have been helped if they’d had the proper safety equipment on board.

Authorities have called off the search for a fourth man believed to have died when a boat capsized during a fishing trip near Santa Cruz Island.

The man, Jose Juan Perez, 37, of Camarillo is now listed as a missing person, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Spokesman Drew Sugars said Tuesday.

The coast guard recovered three other bodies from the boat on Sunday. They have been identified as Edgar Allen Isnec, 54, of Port Hueneme, Sieng Sophorn Bun, 37, of Oxnard and Ramiro Alvarez Duarte, 52, of Oxnard.

Family members alerted Harbor Patrol around 11 a.m. Sunday after the boat and its passengers failed to return from a daylong fishing trip.

The 24-foot recreational boat was found near Santa Cruz Island after 1 p.m.

Three bodies were spotted by search crews nearby and were taken back to shore, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Adam Eggers.

None of them were found wearing life jackets, Eggers said.

A fourth body was spotted by a helicopter, but was lost after the pilot went to refuel.

It was unclear why the boat capsized. No distress signal was received from the boat, and there was no major damage to its hull, Eggers said.

The weather was mild, although waves were choppy, he said.

Courtesy of www.ktla.com.

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