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Search ends for 3 on yacht crew

The U.S. Coast Guard called off its search Sunday for three crew members missing since their 153-foot yacht capsized and sank in rough seas early Friday about 40 miles northeast of Cancun, Mexico. Two Coast Guard cutters and three airplanes searched a total of 30,000 square miles but found no trace of the crew members, who reportedly were wearing life jackets when the Corsair Elixer went down, Petty Officer Carl Vitevitch said.

A passing tanker picked up two other crew members, Tom Sellers of Niceville and Cornelius Shillen of Antigua, Friday morning from a life raft.

The Coast Guard would not identify the three missing crew members until relatives could be notified.

The crew of the Corsair Elixer, a former British navy surplus vessel built in 1948, left Key West Tuesday night in hopes of finding work in Cancun as a charter boat.

The boat sank after taking on water through a malfunctioning hatch, said Petty Officer Terry Johns.