Coast Guard continues search for missing sailboat captain off Mexico

Coast Guard Sector San Diego MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Henry G. Dunphy.

Coast Guard Sector San Diego MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Henry G. Dunphy.

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Coast Guard continued to search Sunday for Richard Byhre, the 76-year-old sailor who did not return from his sailing trip as expected.

At 9 p.m. Saturday, watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Harbor Operations Center in San Diego received a report from Byhre’s wife reporting that he had not returned from his trip underway last week. He was reported to normally only go out on day sail trips and whale watching.

Byhre was last in personal contact with his wife Feb. 10, when he departed on his blue-hulled 28-foot sailing vessel Princess.

The Coast Guard immediately launched a Coast Guard Station San Diego 33-foot Special Purpose Craft — Law Enforcement boatcrew to search for Byhre. Additionally, San Diego Harbor Patrol crews searched for Byhre.

Sunday, a C-130 aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento completed multiple searches of the waters 30 miles west of Ensenada, Mexico and 60 miles south of Rosarito, Mexico. Additionally, an MH-60 helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Sector San Diego completed a search along the waters off the U.S. and the border of Mexico. The Coast Guard Cutter Edisto has been diverted and will remain on scene and conduct searches throughout the evening.

Anyone with information is requested to contact the 11th Coast Guard District Command Center at 510-437-3701.

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