Man found dead on fishing boat south of Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ – A 70-year-old man was found dead on a fishing boat about 20 miles southwest of Santa Cruz Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Coast Guard officials said.

The man departed aboard a 40-foot fishing vessel named Sunrise from Half Moon Bay on July 25.

The Coast Guard’s San Francisco command center received a call around 1 p.m. Tuesday reporting him missing. A helicopter crew from San Francisco and a life boat crew from the Coast Guard’s Monterey station responded.

A rescue swimmer was lowered from the helicopter to the fishing boat once it was located and the man was found dead inside the cabin.

Crews will return the boat to Santa Cruz along with the man’s body, both of which will be turned over to local authorities for investigation.

A spokesperson from the Coast Guard’s San Francisco office could not be reached Tuesday and it was not immediately known where the man was from or whether he was the boat’s sole occupant. The man’s name and the cause of death have not yet been released.

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