Continued from page 1

Another survivor, Lee Ikegami, called his wife in San Martin, Calif., and told her he survived by clambering into a life raft when the boat overturned.

“There was an angel sitting on his shoulder,” his wife, Murphy Ikegami, said.

Mrs. Ikegami said the fishermen made the trip every year but previously would make only day trips out to sea to fish and stay in coastal hotels at night. This year, she said, they decided they wanted to sleep on the boat.

Those rescued were in good condition with a few scrapes after bobbing in the intense sun and Gulf waters that were about 77 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Mexican navy. Photos released by the Mexican navy showed several sunburned fishermen in T-shirts and Bermuda shorts waiting to get on a bus.

The Erik has been on the Gulf of California, known in Mexico as the Sea of Cortez, since 1989, according to the website of the company, Baja Sportfishing Inc. It was built in Holland and was equipped with stabilizers to handle the turbulent North Sea.

The California secretary of state’s website says Baja Sportfishing’s business license has been suspended. It doesn’t state a reason or give a date.

“We have been working with Mexican Navy authorities and the U.S. Coast Guard in the search and rescue,” Baja Sportfishing Inc. said in statement emailed to the Associated Press. “Right now our main concern is making sure that everyone is accounted for.”

The company would not comment further. It said on its website Monday that all trips have been canceled.

Associated Press writers Olga R. Rodriguez in Mexico City, Paul Elias in San Francisco and Phuong Le in Seattle contributed to this report.