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Dive teams find, raise sunken boat

October 09, 2008|From the Associated Press

Dive teams have raised a 26-foot boat from the ocean floor but have not found the couple believed to have been aboard -- the brother of two California congresswomen and his girlfriend.

Divers from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Port Police used hard plastic balloons to raise the boat to just below the surface Wednesday. The crews plan to lift the wreckage onto another boat and bring it ashore.

Coast Guard Ensign Stephanie Young said investigators believe the boat belongs to Henry Sanchez, 51, who has been missing since Oct. 2 along with his girlfriend, Penny Avila, 48. Investigators said the boat may have collided with a barge being towed near the entrance to Los Angeles Harbor.

Henry Sanchez is the brother of Reps. Loretta and Linda Sanchez.

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