Body found off Catalina is missing boater

AVALON, Calif. The /*U.S. Coast Guard*/ said Frank Cipriano's body was found Aug. 11, three days after he was reported missing from a 46-foot yacht anchored in Cherry Cove.

Authorities said Cipriano and his two dogs were going to Two Harbors for supplies in a dinghy. However, the dogs were found on the yacht and the dinghy was found empty at Eagle Reef, approximately a mile from Cherry Cove.

The Coast Guard searched for more than 40 hours but turned up nothing.

Authorities said Cipriano, a /*Dana Point*/ resident, was an experienced boater.

He was piloting a yacht called "Indecent Proposal," hired by a couple for the weekend to take them from /*Marina del Rey*/ to /*Santa Catalina Island*/.

AP contributed to this report.

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