Fishing vessel capsizes off Sonoma coast; 4 die, one survives

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Four people were killed Saturday morning when a call overturned their fishing vessel off a seashore of Sonoma County, sheriff’s officials said.

One chairman on board, 66-year-old Philip Sanchez of Bodega Bay, Calif., survived a accident, authorities said.

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Clothed in jeans and a T-shirt and not wearing a life vest, Sanchez was discovered from a stone by a sheriff’s helicopter and treated at a sanatorium in Santa Rosa, according to a sheriff’s department. He had suffered minor scrapes and abrasion and “was really cold,” according to a sheriff’s statement.

U.S. Coast Guard responders recovered the 4 victims — 3 organisation and one lady — from a water. None were wearing life vests, though a apparatus was accessible on a 32-foot, secretly owned vessel used for fishing, according to a sheriff’s department.

Sanchez pronounced a organisation had set out to go crabbing during 8:30 a.m. and was returning to Bodega Bay when a wave strike a boat’s port side, flipping it, according to a department. Alcohol or drugs are not believed to have played a purpose in a accident, that stays underneath investigation.

The identities of a deceased victims have not been released, tentative presentation of their families. 

Saturday marked the opening of a recreational Dungeness crab season in a area.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Bena, who is stationed in Alameda, said a Coast Guard perceived mixed calls about 10 a.m. stating a accident. 

Conditions in a area were reported to be “fairly decent,” he said. 

Over a march of a day, a vessel was ripped detached by a waves and a rocks, Bena said.

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