MEXICO CITY (AP) — At least six people were missing after a tourist fishing boat capsized and sank in the Sea of Cortez off Mexico's Baja California peninsula, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman reported Monday.
The Erik, a 100-foot (32-meter) fishing tourist boat, had 44 people aboard, including 27 Americans, when it capsized around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Coast Guard Petty Officer Pamela Boehland said from Alameda, Calif.
The boat, which had left from San Felipe carrying 17 crew and 27 fishermen, capsized about 62 miles (100 kilometers) south of San Felipe, Baja California Civil Protection Director Alfredo Escobedo Ortiz told The Associated Press.
Boehland said the Mexican Navy told the U.S. that one person had died, but Escobedo said there were no confirmed deaths yet and 11 people were missing. It was not immediately possible to resolve the conflicting reports.
Boehland said 37 survivors were rescued, including all the Americans.
It took a while for authorities to hear about the tragedy because the boat capsized in a remote area and some survivors had to swim to shore and hike for a while before they could get help, she said.
The U.S. Coast Guard was assisting the Mexican navy early Monday in the search for the missing. Mexican navy helicopters were scouring the area, and the U.S. planned to send a helicopter early Monday.