Coast Guard trying to ID family missing off Calif. coast

6:24 AM, Feb 26, 2013   |    comments
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a U.S. Coast Guard C-130 Hercules

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have turned to the public in hopes of identifying a family that sent a series of distress calls saying their boat was sinking far off the Central California coast.

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Mike Lutz said there's "still no information on where the boat was coming from, where it was going or who the people on board are."

The unidentified family of four - including two children under 8 - had been sailing a small vessel Sunday west of Monterey Bay. Forecasters had issued a weekend advisory warning boaters of rough seas in the area, and water temperatures typically are in the 40s and 50s, making long-term survival difficult.

Crews planned to search by sea and air through the night to find the family, who said in the calls that they were fashioning a raft from a cooler and a life-preserver ring before they lost contact with the Coast Guard.

The Associated Press

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