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Capsized boat found in Santa Monica

January 18, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Authorities searched the waters off the Santa Monica coast on Sunday after discovering a capsized, 22-foot boat registered to the Boy Scouts that they said may have broken free from its moorings and overturned in the surf. The Santa Monica Harbor Patrol found the boat around 9 p.m. Saturday. It contained no personal effects and none were found in the water nearby. U.S. Coast Guard and Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopters, along with lifeguard search boats, scoured the area but found no one in the water. "We combed the area last night and have done all possible drift and wind patterns, and we haven't found anything," said Lucas Mancini, a command duty officer with the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard said the boat could have broken free from its moorings and capsized in the surf with no one aboard. The vessel, a Boston whaler, has since been righted. It is registered to a Boy Scouts unit in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. The group has been informed and officials were searching records to find out who the owner is, Mancini said.