SAN JOSE, Calif. -- As the storm tossed the 115-foot fishing boat in and out of giant swells in the Sea of Cortez, the anchors slammed against the bow of the boat, making it difficult for Dave Levine and his two bunkmates to sleep.
"We had trust in the crew and the ship," said Levine, a 53-year-old experienced fisherman who for years kept his own boat in Bodega Bay.
They shouldn't have. On Wednesday, four days after a chartered fishing boat capsized and sank, the search continued for seven missing passengers, mostly from Northern California, and questions swirled around the crew's decision to sail despite warnings of bad weather.
While some of the survivors' relatives say the captain has been arrested, Mexican authorities contacted by this newspaper on Wednesday insisted there have been no arrests. Divers on Thursday are expected for the first time to search the wreckage that rests roughly 200 feet below.