1 dead, 4 missing in yacht race accident

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Coast Guard says one sailor is dead and four are missing after their yacht ran aground during a race off San Francisco.

Eight people were aboard the 38-foot sailing vessel when it struck rocks near the Farallon Islands Saturday.

Petty Officer Levi Read says helicopters and boats rescued three people and recovered the body of a fourth, but four others were still missing and a search was under way late Saturday night.

He says the accident occurred when waves were running 10-12 feet and a large wave swept four people off the boat. The boat ran aground as it turned around to rescue the four.

The yacht was taking part in a race around the islands, located about 30 miles west of San Francisco.

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