Fisherman Never Made It Off Capsized Boat

By Eric S. Page
|  Wednesday, Sep 2, 2009  |  Updated 2:32 PM PDT
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Fisherman Never Made It Off Capsized Boat

Sloan was found hours after the boat capsized.

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Details emerge about an Oceanside man who died in an apparent boating accident off the coast of the Coronado Islands on Monday.

The San Diego Harbor Police Dive Team located the body of Oceanside resident Michael E. Sloan, 50, inside the cabin of a capsized recreational fishing boat, which was about a mile off-shore, the medical examiner's office said Tuesday morning.

Sloan and four friends from Oceanside had set out early Tuesday in the Grady White, a 30-foot recreational boat, the North County Times reported. The five friends, all experienced fishermen in their 40s and 50s, departed from San Diego's Shelter Island about 2:30 a.m. with plans to spend the day fishing and return at 7 p.m., an official told the paper. However, their boat struck rocks near the shoreline of the north island about two hours later, causing it to capsize, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Two of the men stayed with the boat and were plucked from the water by the Connie Sea, a commercial fishing boat, which reported the incident. The other men swam to the island and were later flown back to San Diego by the Coast Guard.
 
An autopsy has not yet been scheduled, authorities said.

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