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Mar 12, 2012 11:32 PM by Nikki Ibarra

Four bodies found near capsized boat off Channel Islands coast

Four boaters are dead after their boat was found late Sunday afternoon, near the Channel Islands. Three bodies were recovered, but the fourth is still missing.

Three of the victims have been identified as 55 year-old Edgar Allan Isnec of Port Hueneme, 59 year-old Ramiro-Alvarez Duarte from Oxnard and 38 year-old Sieng Bun, also of Oxnard.

KSBY has learned that the search for the fourth fisherman's body was temporarily halted because a helicopter searching the north side of Santa Cruz Island found an overturned dinghy boat and four passengers in the water. They were saved.

The United States Coast Guard tells KSBY that strong winds in the area could have been the cause.

However, the search for the missing fisherman continues until dusk.

According to the US Coast Guard, the men took their boat out Saturday morning from Channel Islands Harbor. Around 9 AM Sunday, a family member reported them missing after they didn't return home.

The boat was found around 1 PM Sunday and the bodies were found a couple of hours later.

Searchers in a helicopter spotted the four bodies floating near the capsized boat Sunday afternoon. The helicopter needed to re-fuel, so they sent a boat back to recover the bodies. When the boat arrived, the fourth body was gone.

The US Coast Guard said divers from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department were sent out Monday morning to look for the fourth body.

The sheriff's department and the US Coast Guard are both investigating.

According to the US Coast Guard, the four men had gone on a day fishing trip off the Santa Rosa or Santa Cruz islands on a 24-foot standard boat.

The cause of death for the three men is still unknown.

The sheriff's department suspects no foul play is suspected.

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