Coroner rules yacht race deaths “accidental”

SAN DIEGO (AP) – Autopsies show blunt force injuries on three sailors who died over the weekend when their yacht was destroyed during a race from California to Mexico.

The San Diego County medical examiner's office said Wednesday that Kevin Rudolph and William Johnson Jr. died from those injuries. A third sailor, Joseph Stewart, also had blunt force injuries but died from drowning.

The coroner ruled the deaths as accidental.

Debris from the 37-foot Aegean was found last weekend. There's been speculation that a larger vessel such as a freighter struck the yacht.

A website that tracks boats by GPS suggests the boat landed on rocks near Mexico's Coronado Island.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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