Searchers Recover Body suspend search for Sailing Vessel

SAN FRANCISCO – Rescuers have recovered the body of 72 year old Anthony Harrow, one of two sailors onboard the sailing vessel “Daisy.” The 32-foot sailing vessel was reported overdue at 6 p.m. yesterday after it did not return from a sail race that concluded at 4 p.m. The Coast Guard and partner agencies launched all available assets Saturday night in a coordinated search effort that lasted until Sunday evening. Search and rescue units involved in the case on Sunday included a C-130 fixed-wing aircraft, an HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat, and a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat. The Coast Guard also deployed Self Locating Data Marker Buoys in the search area to assist in gauging wind and current effect.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., Coast Guard search and rescue units reported finding debris floating west of the Golden Gate Bridge, approximately 4.7 nautical miles southeast of the position where the sailing vessel was last sighted. The debris fit the description of the overdue sailing vessel “Daisy.” At approximately 11 a.m. the San Mateo County Sherriff’s Department discovered the body of an adult Caucasian male wearing a lifejacket in the vicinity of Moss Beach. The man has been identified by the San Mateo coroner as Anthony Harrow, and next of kin has been notified.

The Coast Guard continued to search for the second individual, identified as 67 year old Kirby Gale, until 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening, and has now suspended the search based upon a lack of new information, and an extremely low probability of survival due to water temperature and sea state. The Coast Guard initially estimated that, given the water temperature, the two sailors would have 4.6 hours of projected survivability time.

Any persons with information related to this case are urged to contact the Sector San Francisco Command Center at (415) 399-3547.

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