SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says the owner and crew of a fishing boat that sank in the Sea of Cortez two years ago and killed eight Northern California men were negligent.
The Contra Costa Times (http://tinyurl.com/cyjkxay ) reported on Tuesday that in a letter sent to Mexico's Secretary of Communications and Transportation, Coast Guard officials agreed with the conclusions of Mexican investigators.
A group of 27 U.S. fishermen and 16 Mexican crew members were on an annual boating excursion during the July 4th holiday break in 2011 when a freak storm off the coast of Baja California capsized and sank the Erik.
Mexican investigators concluded that "major modifications" made the boat unstable. Investigators also blamed the crew for failing to issue safety instructions to passengers.