One dead, seven missing after vessel sinks

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A six-day fishing trip in the Sea of Cortez turned tragic last weekend when a charter vessel with 27 U.S. passengers on board capsized in a sudden storm. One of the passengers was declared dead by authorities, who were continuing their search Monday evening for the seven who remained missing.

The ship had launched from San Felipe at about noon on Saturday, and was overtaken by heavy winds that increased in intensity after midnight, said David Levine, one of the survivors.

Capt. Benjamin Pineda, of the Mexican Navy, said the vessel was overcome by two giant waves that caused it to capsize and sink at 2:30 a.m.

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