Memorial planned for fishermen who drowned

December 4, 2008 4:23:14 PM PST
A memorial service is scheduled at a church in Milpitas Saturday for two men who drowned in the waters off Half Moon Bay last weekend when their fishing boat capsized, a church spokesman said today.

The service for David Tien, 47, and Jim Hsu, 45, will take place at 9 a.m. at the Gospel Chinese Christian Church, located at 137 Dempsey Road, church spokesman John Lo said.

Tien and Hsu were reported missing around 10 a.m. last Saturday after their boat was found overturned about a mile from Pillar Point Harbor, where their fishing vessel had berthed, assistant harbormaster John Draper said.

Harbor officials, the U.S. Coast Guard and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office launched rescue vessels and a helicopter, but the thick fog and 15- to 20-foot waves made the search difficult, Draper said.

Rescue crews used the capsized Grady-White boat as a point of reference in their search for the men. But after about three hours, as the boat drifted closer to shore, crews hooked up the craft to a rescue vessel and tugged in the overturned boat, Draper said.

The bodies of Tien and Hsu were found inside the cabin after the boat was righted, Draper said.

Draper said it appeared a large wave had swallowed the boat, which then overturned and left the men trapped inside.


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