SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The Coast Guard says the bodies of four men have been found floating near a capsized fishing boat off the Southern California coast.
A Coast Guard spokesman said searchers spotted the bodies Sunday off the Channel Islands.
Lt. George Kolumbic said the search was launched after someone reported late Saturday that the men hadn’t come back from a daylong fishing trip off Santa Rosa or Santa Cruz islands.
Searchers aboard a Coast Guard helicopter spotted a body on the 24-foot vessel, two others floating within 100 yards of the boat and a fourth body another five miles away.
Kolumbic said by the time rescuers on boat arrived at the scene Sunday afternoon, they were only able to recover three bodies. A search for the fourth body will resume Monday morning.