Four Oakland Men Believed Dead In Boating Accident

TRACY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say four Oakland men are missing and believed drowned after their overloaded boat sank in a Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta canal near Tracy.

San Joaquin County Deputy Sheriff Les Garcia says deputies arrived around 1 a.m. Sunday to find a 14-foot aluminum skiff carrying 10 men had sank.

Garcia says six of the 10 made it to shore, but four who witnesses said could not swim remained missing. None were wearing life jackets.

Deputies and U.S. Coast Guard crews suspended their search late
Sunday morning but continued to monitor the canal from shore in case the bodies surfaced. Garcia says active efforts to recover the bodies would resume Sunday afternoon.

The boat's 43-year-old operator Daniel Cordova was arrested on
suspicion of boating while intoxicated and could face vehicular
manslaughter charges. His bail was set at $400,000.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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