Eight, including American vacationers are thought to have drowned after a sports fishing charter capsized in a storm and sank off Mexico's Baja California peninsula. The 115-foot (35-meter) boat Erik left San Felipe on the Sea of Cortez, a haven for windsurfers and sports fishermen, on Saturday for a six-day fishing trip with 43 people on board, including 27 American tourists.

The Erik was struck by an electrical storm and capsized early on Sunday. Some Mexican and American passengers were rescued by boats and a navy helicopter when the captain made an emergency call for help. The boat was found around 87 miles south of San Felipe.

After searching for almost 24 hours, local rescue officials had found one body and said they had given up hope of finding seven missing people alive. Divers had been brought in to aid in the search.