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Body found off Catalina is missing boater

Frank Cipriano, 45, of Dana Point, was reported missing on Aug. 8, after he anchored his boat in a Catalina cove. His body was found three days later and was identified on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010.

August 17, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Los Angeles County coroner confirmed on Tuesday that a body found off Santa Catalina Island last week is that of a missing O.C. boater.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.