Two Novice Sailors Missing Off California Coast

New to the craft, bought boat on a whim

The Coast Guard is searching for a pair of missing boaters who had set sail from Santa Catalina Island to the Monterey Bay.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Cory Mendenhall said Monday that 21-year-old Zebulon Tryon and Chris Reuter, about 25, departed from the island's Avalon Harbor on Friday in a white, 27-foot Coronado Sailing vessel bound for Santa Cruz Harbor. Tryon's family told authorities Sunday that they had lost contact with the men.

The pair bought the boat on a whim in Marina del Rey and don't have any sailing experience.

The Coast Guard says an HC-130 plane from its Sacramento Air Station will search the coast after dawn Monday.

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