09/02/2012 12:29 EDT | Updated 11/02/2012 05:12 EDT

Search finds body of man who fell overboard off western Newfoundland

STEPHENVILLE, N.L. - A search spokesman says a helicopter has located what's believed to be the body of a man who fell from a U.S.-based yacht in the Gulf of St. Lawrence off western Newfoundland.

Lt. Alan Garner of the Royal Canadian Navy, says a military Cormorant helicopter found a body around 10:45 a.m. today local time in the area of the search about 16 kilometres off Stephenville.

Garner says there are no other details at this point as officials work to make a positive identification of the victim.

The search began Saturday after a man apparently tumbled into rough seas of about three metres during a thunderstorm.

A search was mounted involving a Cormorant from CFB Gander, N.L., a Hercules aircraft from CFB Greenwood, N.S., and a coast guard vessel.

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