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Cause of fatal Newport Beach-to-Ensenada yacht race is still unconfirmed

Yacht Race Deaths

AP Photo/, Susan Hoffman

The Aegean with crew members at the start of a 125-mile Newport Beach, CA to Ensenada, Mexico yacht race on Friday, April 27, 2012.

Authorities Monday are still trying to determine what happened to a ship that was reported missing and later found destroyed during a weekend boat race from Newport Beach to Ensenada, Mexico. Three crew members were killed and one is missing.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the 37-foot Aegean, which began the 125-mile race carrying a crew of four, was reported missing Saturday. A GPS race tracking system indicated the vessel disappeared about 1:30 a.m. PDT. Conditions at the time were fine for sailing, say authorities, with good visibility and moderate ocean swells.

No signs of distress were reported before the wreckage was found, notes the Daily Breeze. The yacht appears to have collided with a much larger vessel at night, several miles off the coast near the border, said the Newport Ocean Sailing Association on Sunday. 


Yacht owner escapes blaze aboard 65-foot yacht off Malibu

fire in malibu

Screenshot via NBC LA

A Coast Guard patrol boat, with the help of the L.A. County lifeguard Baywatch, extinguished a fire early Wednesday that engulfed a 65-foot yacht off the coast of Malibu.

The yacht was anchored about a quarter-mile off Paradise Cove, and investigators say the owner of the vessel escaped to shore via dinghy. The man's name has not been released.

The fire, which reportedly began around 11:20 p.m., is believed to have destroyed the boat. No damage estimate has been released, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.


Video via NBC LA



At sea, Rupert Murdoch dives into the abyss of Twitter

Rupert Murdoch, on his yacht, while vacationing over New Year's in the Caribbean, joined Twitter without the involvement of a communications staff. (Or a copy editor.) 

The chairman and chief executive of News Corp, reportedly made the unilateral decision to enter the world of micro messages while playing with an iPad aboard his 184-ft vessel, reports the New York Times.

With some awareness of Twitter's reach, ("I'm getting killed for fooling around here and friends frightened what I may really say!"), Murdoch, began to make public his private thoughts, posting under the handle rupertmurdoch.

The 80-year-old media mogul, who's still reeling from last year's widespread phone hacking scandal, has chosen to tweet:

RESOLUTIONS -"My resolutions, try to maintain humility and always curiosity. And of course diet!"