Body Washed Up at Bodega Bay Might Be Sailor From Farallon Islands Accident

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Body of sailor possibly located in Bodega Bay
Authorities say they might have recovered the body of one of the sailors who went missing after a boating accident near the Farallon Islands earlier this month.

Tourists spotted the body at the base of the cliff at Bodega Head on Tuesday evening, but helicopters couldn't see anything "due to the darkness." On Wednesday morning, authorities went back out there and recovered the remains, which have not yet been identified.

Sonoma County officials say they are working today to find out whether the body could be that of one of the four missing sailors from the Full Crew Farallones Race.

"What we are going to have to do is look through dental records, things like that and go through our missing persons reports," said Lt. Dennis O'Leary of the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department. "We will also be contacting San Francisco Police Department to find out where they are at in their investigation, and if by chance this one of the subjects from the accident -- the Farallon Islands."

The Low Speed Chase was hit by a rogue wave during the April 14 yachting race, knocking the boat onto rocks and pushing crew members overboard. Authorities pulled the body of 46-year-old Marc Kasanin from the water hours after the accident, and three other crew members were rescued. However, four sailors were never found, despite the Coast Guard's 24-hour search of the 5,000-square-mile area.

The boat was recently removed from the islands, which are about 25 miles away from the Golden Gate Bridge. And yesterday, San Francisco authorities concluded that no criminal negligence occurred in the yachting accident, saying it was nothing more than a "terrible tragedy."

"Our thoughts and prayer are with the victims and their families," said San Francisco Police Sgt. Michael Andraychak.

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