Victims in sailing accident are identified 

The married couple who died in a boating accident Sunday in the waters off Ocean Beach were identified Monday.

Jeffery, 59, and Elizabeth Easterling, 50, of El Sobrante were identified by the Medical Examiner’s Office. Elizabeth Easterling’s body washed ashore on Seal Rocks shortly after the incident, but Jeffery Easterling was not recovered until Monday morning, when his body surfaced near Ocean Beach.

A call came in at 4:46 p.m. Sunday when people at the Cliff House restaurant, at 1090 Point Lobos Ave., saw the 33-foot sailboat struggling in the water, Coast Guard Petty Officer John Eastman said.

No one was inside when Coast Guard rescuers got on board. The boat, which had been on the verge of collapse, had broken windows and water rushing over the floor while swells up to 8 feet broke around it.

Jeffery Easterling washed ashore Monday morning, hours after a helicopter and two 47-foot vessels had ceased their six-hour effort to recover his body. He was wedged between two rocks on the shoreline, the Coast Guard said.

Following the incident, the boat ran aground in the Marin Headlands, but by Monday it had washed ashore at China Beach. The Coast Guard said the family is responsible for removing the boat.

Witnesses initially thought a third person might have been on the sailboat. However, that turned out to be unfounded, the Coast Guard said.

Tragic ending

A married couple died in a sailing accident off Ocean Beach on Sunday.

  • Coast Guard search and rescue calls: 13
  • Ambulances deployed by Fire Department: 5
  • Winds: 20 mph, with 33 mph gusts

Sources: Fire Department, Coast Guard, National Weather Service

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