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Nov 24, 2009 11:33 PM by Monica Quintero

One person still missing in deadly boating accident

Three people are believed to have been involved in a deadly boating accident and one person is still missing. Vandenberg Air Force Base said the boating accident took place south of Minuteman Beach off the coast of Vandenberg Air Force Base Monday around 8 p.m. Tuesday morning, one survivor was found in the area.

An extensive search is being conducted for a 17-year-old male. Colonel David Buck, U.S. Air Force 30th Space Wing Commander, said, "Our primary concern right now is finding this other individual." In fact, just from Vandenberg Air Force Base about 100 people are involved in the search and outside agencies are helping as well.

Buck said, "They're on horseback combing the beach, they're on foot combing the beach and we've got ATV's combing the beach."

We're also told the body of a middle-aged man washed ashore. At this time, his name is not being released until his next of kin has been notified. Vandenberg said it's still trying to piece together exactly what happened but it appears those three people were in a 40 foot boat when it hit some rocks in a remote area off the coast of Vandenberg.

Colonel Buck said, "It's amazing the back half was ripped off. The motor was in one piece and there's probably a thousand pieces of the boat on another portion. It's all within probably 300 yards." As for that survivor, Colonel Buck said he was discovered by someone who went surfing Tuesday morning. The surfer retired from Vandenberg. He also said the survivor seemed to be in good condition and refused medical attention.

He also said the swells last night were eight to ten feet high when the accident happened. All three involved in the boating accident were civilians and not associated with the base.

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