04/29/2012 04:47 EDT | Updated 06/28/2012 05:12 EDT

Sailing group: Collision suspected in yacht tragedy that killed 3, left 1 missing

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A yacht racing off the coasts of California and Mexico apparently collided at night with a much larger vessel, leaving three crew members dead and one missing, a sailing organization said Sunday. It was the state's second ocean racing tragedy this month.

The Newport Ocean Sailing Association — organizer of the 125-mile Newport, California to Ensenada, Mexico yacht race — said the apparent collision involving the 37-foot Aegean occurred late Friday or early Saturday several miles off the coast near the ocean border of the two countries.

Three crew members of the sailboat were found dead and a search was under way early Sunday for a fourth.

The deaths come two weeks after five sailors died in the waters off Northern California.


AP sports writer Bernie Wilson reported from San Diego.