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Four missing from sinking sailboat near San Francisco

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Authorities on Monday were searching stormy waters south of San Francisco for four people, including two children under 8, who reported their sailboat was sinking.

The 29-foot sailboat, possibly named Charmblow, was approximately 65 miles off Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay around 4:20 p.m. Sunday when someone aboard made a distress call, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The caller told authorities that the boat was taking on water and that its electronics were failing. At 5:30 p.m. the vessel operator reported that the occupants were abandoning the vessel -- possibly using a makeshift life raft -- and the Coast Guard lost radio communications with them.

Multiple rescue efforts were launched using watercraft and aircraft, but there was no reported sighting by early Monday morning.

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The Coast Guard is asking anyone with any information regarding the incident to notify the Coast Guard immediately at (415) 399-3547.

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