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Boat that went missing on return from Catalina is found, crew safe

A boat that went missing with three people on board while returning from Catalina Island was found Monday by a good Samaritan who alerted the U.S. Coast Guard, officials said.

A man and two women aboard the 17-foot vessel, which went missing after departing Avalon Harbor about 8 p.m. Sunday, were uninjured,  KTLA-TV Channel 5 reported.

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The boat was being towed to port after it was spotted off the Rancho Palos Verdes coast, where a helicopter and three ships had been deployed to aid in the search, U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Jennifer Williams said.

Officials said the boat lost power at about 10 p.m. Sunday and had no radio, flares or GPS system aboard. A person on the boat, however, managed to call for help using a cellphone before it too lost power.

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