09/02/2012 09:35 EDT | Updated 11/02/2012 05:12 EDT

Body recovered in search for American who fell off yacht

Searchers are confirming they have retrieved the body of a man who fell overboard from a yacht in the Gulf of St. Lawrence off western Newfoundland on Saturday.

A spokesperson for the Canadian Coast Guard says the man apparently fell from a 46-foot American sailing vessel during Saturday's thunderstorms.

A search and rescue Cormorant helicopter from CFB Gander and a Hercules aircraft from CFB Greenwood in Nova Scotia scoured the area.

The HMCS Goose Bay also patrolled the region, about 16 kilometres off the coast of Stephenville.

The body was found by the crew of a Cormorant.

No details have been released on the identity of the man who fell overboard.