Rescue Called Off to Find 7 Missing Americans After Mexico Fishing Accident

07/13/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

San Felipe, Mexico — The search and rescue efforts for the seven Americans still missing following a charter boat accident off the coast of Mexico has been called off. The Coast Guard called off their search after Tuesday’s aerial searches of an 803 square-mile (2,080 square-kilometer) area of the Sea of Cortez, reported Fox News.

A small Mexican naval craft and other fisherman are reportedly continuing to search for the survivors or their bodies, said Baja California state Civil Protection Director Alfredo Escobedo Ortiz

As previously reported in, “7 American Tourists Missing, 1 Dead Following Mexico Fishing Boat Accident,” the tourist fishing ship capsized off Mexico’s north-western coast Sunday, July 3, 2011. An American tourist was killed and the missing are feared dead after the boat foundered at 2:30 a.m., about 60 miles south of the port of San Felipe.

According to officials, the 100-foot charter vessel—the Erik—ran into problems during an electrical storm after leaving the port of San Felipe.

A total of 26 Americans and 17 Mexicans were on the boat at the time of the sinking. All of the Mexicans are accounted for and unharmed.

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