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Local Sailor Drowns in Marina

Boaters and their families celebrating Easter Sunday at Marina Village had a holiday they’d probably rather not remember when the body of a berther was found floating next to his boat. Jay Thinnes, a commercial pilot, was found dead in the water beside his Hunter 31 Sunset Woman about 2 p.m. by the Alameda Police. They had been notified that he was missing by America West Airlines, after Thinnes failed to show up to pilot a flight that morning.

Thinnes reportedly lived in Sedona, Arizona, but regularly laid over in San Francisco, where he enjoyed sailing the Bay aboard Sunset Woman. (He had just been out sailing the previous day with his co-pilot.) Although there was no evidence of foul play, the incident is under investigation.

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