The Mexican Navy and the United States Coast Guard are looking for three American sailors who have been missing since April 4.
According to the Coast Guard, Kerry O’Brien, Frank O’Brien, and William Gross sailed onboard the “Ocean Bound,” a 44-foot LaFitte sailboat. They were last heard from on April 4 when they departed Mazatlán, Mexico — a resort town in Sinaloa.
The three Americans were traveling to San Diego with a scheduled stop at Cabo San Lucas to pick up additional supplies on April 6, but there is no record of the group arriving in Cabo San Lucas or submitting any report of their position, according to the Coast Guard. Furthermore, the vessel and sailors have yet to come in marinas in Baja, Mexico.
The trip from Mazatlán to Cabo San Lucas requires an over 200-mile sail across the southern Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez.
The Mexican Navy is now hunting for the missing men with the help of the Coast Guard, and any mariner is encouraged to check for the missing vessel.
“Search and rescue coordinators have contacted marinas throughout Baja, Mexico, with negative sightings of the vessel,” the Coast Guard said. “Urgent marine information broadcasts have been issued over VHF radio requesting all mariners to look for the missing persons and vessel.”
The three sailors were traveling on a 44-foot sailboat designed by Robert H. Perry Yacht Designers, equipped with a single mast for sailing and an auxiliary motor. According to Cruising World, the LaFitte 44 is a formidable ocean sailboat, with multiple owners circumnavigating the world with the boat.