Search for Missing Sailors in Final Day on Gulf Coast

A capsized catamaran drifts in the water as search and rescue operations continue off Dauphin Island, Ala. on Sunday, April 26, 2015. (Sharon Steinmann/AL.com via AP)
A capsized catamaran drifts in the water as search and rescue operations continue off Dauphin Island, Ala. on Sunday, April 26, 2015. (Sharon Steinmann/AL.com via AP)

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. — Coast Guard vessels and aircraft are in their final day of searching for three sailors still missing off Alabama's Gulf Coast after a powerful storm turned a weekend regatta into a disaster.

Authorities say the search will end at sunset Thursday. The bodies of three boaters were recovered earlier.

The storm struck with near hurricane-force winds on Saturday afternoon as dozens of sailboats were competing in an annual race to a barrier island off Alabama's coast.

Searchers have scoured Mobile Bay for the missing, and aircraft have patrolled for miles into the Gulf of Mexico. In all, the Coast Guard says the search has covered more than 6,500 square miles.

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