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Cause of death released for 3 killed during yacht race from Calif. to Mexico

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This Friday, April 27, 2012, photo shows the Aegean with crew members at the start of a 125-mile Newport Beach, Calif. to Ensenada, Mexico yacht race. (AP) This Friday, April 27, 2012, photo shows the Aegean with crew members at the start of a 125-mile Newport Beach, Calif. to Ensenada, Mexico yacht race. (AP)
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    Monday, April 30 2012 9:50 AM EDT2012-04-30 13:50:09 GMT
    The body of the skipper of a yacht apparently smashed to pieces by a ship off the Coronado Islands remained missing Monday, as the families of all four men aboard wondered how the accident could have happened.
     
    The body of the skipper of a yacht apparently smashed to pieces by a ship off the Coronado Islands remained missing Monday, as the families of all four men aboard wondered how the accident could have happened. 

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Autopsies show blunt force injuries on three sailors who died over the weekend when their yacht was destroyed during a race from California to Mexico.

The San Diego County medical examiner's office said Wednesday that Kevin Rudolph and William Johnson Jr. died from those injuries. A third sailor, Joseph Stewart, also had blunt force injuries but died from drowning.

The coroner ruled the deaths as accidental.

Debris from the 37-foot Aegean was found last weekend. There's been speculation that a larger vessel such as a freighter struck the yacht.

A website that tracks boats by GPS suggests the boat landed on rocks near Mexico's Coronado Island.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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