Bay Area man on honeymoon drowns; thieves steal couple's belongings in Hawaii, friends say

"All of Brittany and Steven's belongings were stolen, the thieves took their cell phones, wallets...," friends wrote on GoFundMe.

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Saturday, June 10, 2023
Bay Area honeymooner drowns, thieves steal belongings in Hawaii
A Bay Area man died on his honeymoon in Hawaii while snorkeling. To make matters worse, those who knew the couple say thieves swiped everything.

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Tragedy struck twice for a South Bay couple while on their honeymoon in Hawaii.

The ABC station in Hawaii KITV said on June 1, the newlyweds were snorkeling off the shore of Electric Beach in Oahu when the man disappeared under water and drowned.

The Honolulu Emergency Medical Services confirmed with ABC7 first responders transported the man to a hospital where he later died.

A GoFundMe page identified the man as Steven Phan.

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A man's body was recovered from the water at Lake Del Valle near Livermore after an hours-long search on Saturday, authorities said.

"As if this could not be worse, all of Brittany and Steven's belongings were stolen, the thieves took their cellphones, wallets, money, clothing, they even stole their car rental," it wrote.

Friends were not ready to comment on camera, but described Phan has nothing short of an amazing person.

ABC7 reached out to Honolulu Police Department for an update on the couple's personal belongings taken during such a devastating time.

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