Fishing boat accident causes sardine-covered beach

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A torn fishing net was the source of the thousands of dead sardines that washed up on Rio del Mar State Beach in California last weekend, according to a commercial fisherman.

"What we had there was a strong southwest wind," said David Tibbles, who was fishing for sardines near the boat that had the problem Saturday. "One boat there was filling up with fish when he got caught in shallow water and his net got tangled."

The net ripped, dumping a portion of the catch into the Monterey Bay, said Tibbles, who did not know how many fish were lost.

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