Coast Guard and Mexican Navy continue search for survivors of sunken fishing boat

11th Coast Guard District NewsALAMEDA, Calif. – A Coast Guard C-130 aircrew from Air Station Sacramento is assisting the Mexican Navy again today in the search for survivors from the charter fishing vessel that sank in the Sea of Cortez, near Isla San Luis, Mexico, at approximately 2:30, Sunday morning.

Mexican Navy assets on-scene include three helicopters and two boats.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those still missing in the Sea of Cortez,” said Capt. Matt Bell, chief of response operations for the 11th Coast Guard District. “We have been assisting Mexican authorities with the ongoing search and a crew in a C-130 long-range aircraft returned to the area early this morning in hopes of finding survivors.”

The C-130 aircrew searched approximately 525 square miles Tuesday and have a planned 472 square miles to search today.

The C-130 has a normal operating crew of seven during most search and rescue missions. The C-130 has a 3,000 mile range and is the Coast Guard’s primary long-range search and rescue asset.

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