Coast Guard C-130 aircrew completes 4th search in Sea of Cortez

11th Coast Guard District NewsALAMEDA, Calif. — A U.S. Coast Guard C-130 Hercules aircrew completed their fourth search, a 816 square-mile area in the Sea of Cortez near Isla San Luis, Mexico, Friday as part of the overall search effort for seven people missing from a charter fishing boat that sank there over the weekend.

No sign of the missing fishermen was found, however the aircrew spotted several small objects located in a bay near Isla Angel de la Guarda. The objects were reported to the Mexican authorites for further inspection.

The Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento-based long-range search and rescue plane was requested by the Mexican Navy who is coordinating the search. The Coast Guard has positioned a C-130 and crew in Yuma, Ariz. in order to improve their available search time. The Coast Guard has again been requested by the Mexican authorities to conduct another search scheduled for Saturday. The Mexican Navy also searched today with two helicopters and two surface assets.

The Coast Guard has searched approximately 2,200 square miles of ocean and land since the Mexican Navy requested assistance in search efforts.

The 11th Coast Guard District’s search and rescue coordinators and Mexican Navy search mission coordinators have continued to share knowledge, calculations and other resources as they plan for future search operations.

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