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

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AP Photo/newportbeach.patch.com, 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. 

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