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Fishermen recount surviving Sea of Cortez sinking

The Columbian

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The survivors of a Sea of Cortez fishing trip that turned deadly have straggled home to Northern California with harrowing tales of being lost at sea for hours.

In all, 19 U.S. fishermen — mostly from Northern California on an annual July 4th trip — and 16 Mexican crew members made it safely to dry land. One man, Leslie Yee of Ceres, was found drowned on a remote island beach and seven other Americans remain missing.

Mexican authorities said they are investigating the cause of the accident. A report is expected within 10 days.

The 105-foot fishing boat Erik sank Sunday morning during a violent storm.