Four Missing or Dead in Galapagos

PUERTO AYORA, Galapagos Islands -- Four American tourists were reported missing or dead after the motor yacht Moby Dick capsized in unexpectedly rough seas and high winds in the Galapagos Islands.

The Moby Dick, chartered on its maiden voyage for an Elderhostel tour group, was sailing from Hood Island to Santa Fe on the evening of June 10 when the accident occurred.

The crew of eight and 11 other American passengers were rescued by tour vessels in the vicinity.

Elderhostel group arrangements are handled by U.S. tour operator Holbrook Travel in Gainesville, Fla.; two Holbrook FIT clients were among the 15 passengers.

Senior staff from Elderhostel and Holbrook were in Ecuador assisting survivors.

The Moby Dick was the newest addition to the yacht fleet of Galasam, a Quito and Guayaquil-based tour company. The yacht was co-captained by Carlos and Freddy Penaherrera, brothers and natives of the Galapagos with 26 years of sea experience between them.

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