Cap C (#258402) (1944-1965), a cabin cruiser, a vessel of 15 tons, struck a rock at San Geronimo Island, Baja California, Mexico, in June 1965. [MVUS 1968] The owner, Hugh V. Wynn, 55, his 23-year-old pregnant wife and two young children were drowned.
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June 26, 1965 [Reno Gazette Journal]: “Visalia man, baby may be ocean victims. San Diego—The bodies of a man and a baby boy have washed ashore at Punta Baja,200 miles south of here along with papers belonging to Hugh V. Wynn, a retired Visalia farmer. Wynn, about 55, recently purchased the 43-foot motor yacht Cap-C in San Pedro. He sailed to San Diego and left here June 17 for the Panama Canal. Aboard the yacht with Wynn were his third wife, Ivy, 24, and their two children, Leticia, 3 and Arthur, 1. Authorities said the two bodies physically resemble Wynn and the boy. They fear for the safety of Mrs. Wynn and Leticia. Mexican fishermen at San Geronimo Island, Baja California, found a suitcase and some loose papers floating in the sea Wednesday near the island. They brought them ashore. They remembered they had seen an American boat in the area the day before with a woman aboard. The fishermen went back to the scene Thursday and found two corpses floating in life jackets. The papers they found were letters, photos and cancelled checks which belonged to Wynn. Some dated back 20 years. The fishermen brought the bodies to the Baja California mainland and contacted Mrs. Anit Espinosa in the tiny community of El Rosario, 210 miles south of the international border. Mrs. Espinosa sent the papers to San Diego. An older son of Wynn, Navy Lt. Hugh J. Wynn of nearby Chula Vista, who is at sea aboard the aircraft carrier Hornet, has been notified. He asked leave to identify the dead, now at a mortuary in Ensenada. The Coast Guard in San Diego sent a search plane today to waters off the island of Geronimo in hope the yacht is still afloat.”
June 27, 1965 [San Bernardino County Sun]: “Bodies of wealthy Californian, baby son, found by fishermen. San Diego — A Coast Guard plane searching for a Visalia family's cabin cruiser reported finding debris from a boat yesterday off Baja California. Missing are an expectant mother, Mrs. Ivy Wynn, 23, and her 3-year-old daughter, Leticia. The bodies of the woman's wealthy husband, Hugh V. Wynn, 55, and their 1-year-old son, John Arthur, were found floating in a kelp bed Friday by two Mexican fishermen. The bodies were in life jackets. The Coast Guard said the debris, including parts of a hatch, was found near San Geronimo Island, 210 miles south of San Diego. The island is five miles off the Baja coast. Authorities said it wasn't determined immediately whether the debris was from the Wynn's cruiser. Wynn, a retired Visalia cotton rancher, was taking his family on a projected trip through the Panama Canal and up the Mississippi River where he intended to buy a farm. The cruiser, the Cap C, left San Pedro a month ago. It was last seen off Geronimo Island on Wednesday. ”
June 27, 1965 [LAT]: “Debris Seen in Sea Hunt for Woman and Child. Coast Guard flier spots wreckage off Baja California during search for Visalians. San Diego—A Coast Guard aircraft spotted debris from a small boat Saturday during a search off Baja California for a pregnant Visalia woman, her little daughter and their cabin cruiser. The life-jacketed bodies of the woman's wealthy husband, Hugh V. Wynn, 55, and their one-year-old son, John Arthur, were found floating in a kelp bed by two Mexican fishermen Friday. But there was no trace of Mrs. Ivy Wynn, 23; her daughter, Letitia, 3, or the Wynn's 48-foot cabin cruiser, the Cap C, in which the family left San Pedro a month ago. A Coast Guard amphibian criss-crossed the area around Geronimo Island, 210 miles south of here, for five hours Saturday. Some debris from a boat, including parts of a hatch, were found near the island, five miles off the Baja coast, but it could not be determined immediately whether they were from the Wynn's cruiser. Wynn, a retired Visalia cotton rancher, and his fourth wife had planned to sail through the Panama Canal and then make their way up to the Mississippi River, where Wynn wanted to buy a farm. Their cruiser was last seen off Geronimo Island Wednesday by Mexican fishermen. Wynn's brother, Robert Wynn of Porterville, is enroute to Ensenada to see if he can aid in the search. The dead man's son by a former marriage, Navy Lt. Hugh J. Wynn, a helicopter pilot, returned here from the aircraft carrier Hornet off San Francisco after receiving word of his father's death. Identification of the bodies was made from papers found floating near Wynn. The bodies are at the Moreno Mortuary in Ensenada.”