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Hopes fading for sailor of empty boat

A 27-foot sailboat named the Finesse, which was owned by American solo cruiser Donn Pinkney Jr., 43, was found stripped and empty, washed ashore Feb. 25 in La Ticla, Mexico. Pinkney hasn't been heard from since he left Feb. 20 on a sailing trip on Mexico's west coast.

His father, Donn Pinkney Sr., said lack of communication among Mexican authorities and bureaucratic disorganization have stymied his efforts to find out what happened.

"He is very experienced sailor. He's not an amateur," Pinkney Sr. said. "The probability that he fell overboard — the chances are slim to none. The weather was not such that he would be flipped off. That is not impossible, but it is highly improbable."

Click here for the full report on the father trying to solve the mystery of his missing son.