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Search for survivors after Baja fishing boat capsizes

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The boat operated by Baja Sport Fishing that capsized off of the coast of Baja California. The boat operated by Baja Sport Fishing that capsized off of the coast of Baja California.
Photo Courtesy: SEMAR / Mexican Navy Photo Courtesy: SEMAR / Mexican Navy
Photo Courtesy: SEMAR / Mexican Navy Photo Courtesy: SEMAR / Mexican Navy
Photo Courtesy: SEMAR / Mexican Navy Photo Courtesy: SEMAR / Mexican Navy

(CBS 8) - The U.S. Coast Guard is continuing the search for survivors, as Mexico may be considering abandoning the rescue efforts. One person was killed and seven others are missing, including a number of tourists from the Bay Area.

The boat went down about 60 miles south of San Felipe after it was struck by two rogue waves.

News 8's Marcella Lee files this video report from Coast Guard headquarters with the status of the search efforts and reaction from victims' families.

This is the latest video report from CBS 8. For additional details, see story below.

DANA POINT (CNS) - A chartered ship, packed with Americans on a Fourth of July fishing trip, was struck by two rogue waves in the Sea of Cortez and capsized, prompting the Coast Guard to send a helicopter from San Diego to help search for survivors.

The ship, called the Erik, was sold-out for a four-night trip out of San Felipe, 300 miles southeast of Los Angeles. One person was confirmed drowned, 8 people were missing, and 37 souls had been rescued at sea or swam ashore, said a Mexican Navy spokesman at San Felipe.

The Erik is a "mother ship," with supplies, sleeping berths and a galley for a fleet of "panga" boats that take fishermen to spots in the northern end of the Sea of Cortez. Trips are offered by a Dana Point company called JigStop and are popular with Southern California residents.

The vessel sank near Isla San Luis, Baja California, with 44 people aboard around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the Coast Guard. Most passengers swam to shore, and some were rescued by other boats.

The Mexican Navy searched throughout the day with surface and air crews, and officers called the U.S. Coast Guard Sunday evening for helicopter assistance, Coast Guard officials said. A MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter lifted off from the San Diego Coast Guard station at 6:30 a.m., but broke off before noon to refuel at Yuma, Ariz.

After a flight to change flight crews in San Diego, the Coast Guard bird will make a second trip to Mexico this afternoon, a Coast Guard officer said.

Petty Officer 2d. Class Henry Dunphy told a local news source that one foot waves and good visibility in the gulf mean "fairly decent conditions" for searching, Dunphy said.

Water temperatures there are warm, but Dunphy said survival chances depend on variables like life jackets, age of the person and other factors.

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