Body found near Coronado Islands

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A body has been found near the Coronado Islands, but
there was no immediate word if it is that of the skipper of a yacht that
broke apart during a race late last month, killing three others.

A fisherman found a man's body about 2:30 p.m. Sunday near the Coronado
Islands and the body was handed over to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's
Office, U-T San Diego reported, citing U.S. Coast Guard officials.

Officials would not say if the body is believed to be that of Theo
Mavromatis.

Mavromatis, 49, of Redondo Beach, and three other men were taking part
in an annual Newport-to-Ensenada race when their 37-foot boat dropped off the
event's vessel-tracking system about 1:30 a.m. April 28, according to the
Newport Ocean Sailing Association, which stages the competition.

Searchers later that day found the bodies of William R. Johnson Jr., 57,
of Torrance, Kevin Rudolph, 53, of Manhattan Beach, and Joseph L. Stewart,
64, of Bradenton, Fla.

Autopsies determined that Johnson and Rudolph died of blunt-force trauma
and that Stewart drowned, according to the San Diego County Medical
Examiner's Office. The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its effort to find Mavromatis
on April 29.

A floating debris field suggested that Mavromatis' Hunter 376, the
Aegean, may have collided with a larger vessel. The accident occurred just
south of the U.S.-Mexico border, about eight miles off the Baja California
coast.

The fatalities were the first in the 65-year history of the annual
Newport-to-Ensenada race.

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