UPDATE: Coast Guard Calls Off Search for 7 Americans Missing After Mexican Tour Boat Disaster (VIDEO)

Posted Jul 14th 2011 08:45 AM

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UPDATE 7/14/11: The United States Coast Guard on Tuesday suspended its search for the seven missing Americans who were aboard the fishing vessel that sank in the Sea of Cortez last week. In a statement to the press, Rear Admiral Joseph Castillo said that "No signs of the missing men were found."

Unless one of the men miraculously turns up, the accident will have claimed the lives of eight American tourists (the body of one passenger was already found). The Mexican Navy has also called off its search according to the Coast Guard statement.

Relatives of the missing said they would lobby for a continued search even though, at this juncture, that mission would likely be to recover remains. A group of relatives started a Facebook page and a website to encourage a prolonged search.

At FindOurFathers.com, the families are soliciting donations for privately financed search and rescue operations.

"Your support will help bring all seven men home," reads the page.




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UPDATE 7/6/11: The search for seven Americans still missing after a Mexican tour boat capsized Sunday off Baja California is continuing Wednesday even as the hope of finding survivors seems to be sinking.

The body of one American, Leslie Yee, has already been identified. Lee was a 65-year-old Californian man who had worked for decades at the San Francisco Chronicle.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Coast Guard and Mexican authorities were given different passenger counts, adding to the confusion surrounding the freak incident, which was apparently caused by an electrical storm. Fishermen helped pull survivors out of the Sea of Cortez, a generally calm body of water that very rarely experiences summer squalls.



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The Mexican Navy reported that an American man has died after a tour boat carrying 44 people, 27 of whom were Americans, capsized off the Baja California port of San Felipe after encountering rough weather early Sunday, according to an AP Report. But in a conflicting story, the United States Coast Guard initially told CNN all 27 Americans were accounted for.

In an earlier report, Petty Officer Pamela Boehland of the U.S. Coast Guard told CNN: "You have 27 U.S. citizens accounted for" and that they "were safe in a Mexican hotel," with no mention of the reported U.S. tourist death.

The 100-foot long boat left San Felipe Saturday for a seven-day fishing trip before capsizing. "Some people were wearing life jackets when the tour boat capsized and it was close enough to land for some to swim to shore while others were picked up by good samaritans in private vessels," Boehland said.

According to Boehland, in the initial update from the Mexican Navy, "37 people were confirmed alive and 6 unaccounted for."

But in the AP report, Navy Capt. Benjamin Pineda Gomez in San Felipe said that of 44 people on the boat, "seven U.S. tourists were missing along with one Mexican crew member, and that all others were rescued."

The navy is searching with an airplane, two helicopters and multiple personnel. The U.S. Coast Guard is also assisting with a helicopter, Pineda said.

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Littleone

Paul are they all one way bookings.

July 06 2011 at 4:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Fred

the mexican navy? THE MEXICAN NAVY? LMAO I can only imagine............

July 06 2011 at 4:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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vostokhed

*******

July 06 2011 at 6:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mulchers

Oh They're alright as long as they get their graft for your fishing license, it's the little 18 year olds at the checkpoints who are nervously holding AK-47s on you that you have to worry about.

July 14 2011 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ebuist1825

"even as the hope of finding survivors seems to be SINKING" - now there's some really brilliant and sensitive journalism! Idiots! People are missing and likely drowned, and A-O-Hell writes a thing like this.

July 06 2011 at 2:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Paul

Ahhhh,Mexico,land of adventure,big discounts on travel packages,book now !!!!!

July 06 2011 at 12:28 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
OutingReason

The headline suggests we should care about this accident because there were Americans on board. Would you have even covered this tragedy if that weren't the case? As an American, I'm offended. Could you try to be more sensitive regarding the value of human life and suffering worldwide without discounting your concern, outrage or even journalistic effort if the victims are from other countries?

July 05 2011 at 8:27 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
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pnrexrode

I have heard several stories over the years regarding ferries that have capsized where NO Americans are involved. Its nothing more than a current event story---get a life.

July 06 2011 at 1:01 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Jake Holman

We only care about "Americans" because we US citizens are such special special people. The rest of humanity is only put out there for our amusement, don't you know?

July 04 2011 at 8:31 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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mikebering7

*sigh* I'm sorry, I always forget that... forgive me. To regain my status as a proper US citizen I'm going to go to McDonalds, buy 3 Big Macs, find a couple of homeless people, and sit and eat them in front of them. And if I'm feeling frisky I might even stop by the beer distributor on the way home, grab a six pack of the nastiest brew i can find (probably Pabpst blue ribbon), watch Fox news on my tv, and clean my 20 gauge shotgun. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

July 04 2011 at 10:08 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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Fred

why a 20 gauge shot gun? why not an SP-10?

July 06 2011 at 12:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down
prset4life

just like a typical white person!!!!!!!!!

July 14 2011 at 7:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
Ali

They are calling them americans because the demonym for US residents is American.

July 04 2011 at 3:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
PATRICK

DUH!! AMERICANS?? Aren't they ALL from North OR South AMERICA, , hence AMericans?

RIP AMERICANS!

July 04 2011 at 3:01 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
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mikebering7

I agree, the issue is that the person who wrote this and all those involved were using the word "Americans" to refer to people from the United States and not from Mexico. "The Mexican Navy reported that an American man has died after a tour boat carrying 44 people, 27 of whom were Americans" It was an improper use of the word as you point out. Even I will admit to using it in that sense.

July 04 2011 at 3:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joebudgie

Like maybe they should have said a United Statesian drowned? Why does everybody have to be so critical all the time?

July 06 2011 at 4:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
mikebering7

What I can't understand is the focus of this report. Had this been an incident in which no Americans were involved it wouldn't have made headlines, nor would half the people reading this now have even clicked on the link. If there really are six people missing and only one of them is American, what about the other five? Because they are of a different nationality are we to say they aren't as important as any other person? I know many of you reading don't feel that way, and as a journalist I understand the need for an eye-catching title, but at the very least this report should have shown a little more concern for the others missing.

July 04 2011 at 2:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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jdmystery13

I completely agree with you.

July 04 2011 at 9:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cmax383666

One of (Americans)tourist was a retire journalist if i read that right with an asian last name.

July 06 2011 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nunez827867

Carolyn,

What would you call them once they're dead? Shirley you must be a christian.

July 04 2011 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Carolyn

Good grief, take a chill pill. Who said anything about dying?

July 04 2011 at 2:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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