Wrecked racing yacht is found off Pacific coast

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Two San Diego residents trying to solve a maritime mystery found the wrecked hull of the yacht Aegean four months after the 37-foot sailboat crashed and the four people on board were killed.

Sailors and boaters have speculated since April about the vessel’s end, which occurred April 28 at the north tip of the northernmost of Mexico’s Coronado Islands during the Newport-to-Ensenada Race.

A US Sailing review panel investigated and concluded that the Hunter 376 ran aground, but some in the boating community have continued to speculate that it collided with a larger boat.

U-T San Diego News reported that San Diego lifeguard Ed Harris and boater Russell Moore, who owns La Jolla-based Xplore Offshore, made three visits to the crash site, beginning May 2. This month, they turned over to the Coast Guard about an hour of underwater video footage from the site, along with a navigation panel, laptop computer and controls they hope will shed light on what happened the night of the crash.

Petty Officer Henry Dunphy said Coast Guard investigators have written a report about the new evidence. The investigation remains open, he said, and the report about the new findings won’t become public until Coast Guard officials in Washington, D.C., approve it.

“[The yacht is] all mangled and broken up like it’s been in a Cuisinart for four months,” Moore said.

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