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Officials Search For Missing Vessels Sunk By Tsunami

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(credit: Kimberly White/Getty Images)

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SANTA CRUZ (AP) — Engineers are using sonar to scour the bottom of Santa Cruz Harbor for missing vessels sunk by the tsunami triggered by last week’s massive offshore earthquake near Japan.

Harbor officials and the Coast Guard have pulled four of 18 missing boats from the bottom of the harbor, but 12 boats remain missing.

About 100 other boats received damage ranging from broken masts to dings. Officials say damage costs are estimated to at least $17 million.

Some who live on boats in the harbor spent the weekend homeless and are waiting for officials to let them back in to survey the damage to their floating homes. California Emergency Management Agency officials plan to tour the harbor damage Monday.

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