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Posted: 2:59 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012
KTVU.com and Wires
SAN MATEO COUNTY, Calif. —
An intense search of the waters off the San Mateo County Coast continued Monday for two fishermen lost when their 18-foot boat capsized near Pigeon Point, authorities said.
The men disappeared at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday when a large wave struck their 18-foot Striper boat near the Pigeon Point Light Station, San Mateo County sheriff's Detective Rebecca Rosenblatt said.
The two missing men were not believed to have been wearing life vests when the wave hit their boat.
The two other men on board were wearing life vests, Rosenblatt said, and they managed to swim to shore and report the emergency to the sheriff's office.
"They were not pulled out of the water," said United States Coast Guard Lt. Joshua Dykman. "They made it out of the water on their own." The Coast Guard said the two men were taken to the hospital to be evaluated.
The Coast Guard said seas were at about four feet high at the time the boat capsized. Officials said visibility was bad because of the fog.
Family members said one of the missing men is 46-year-old Ping Yan Tseng. Tseng's sister, Winnie Tseng, said he left his San Francisco home at 4 a.m. for a fishing trip with friends and left behind his daughter and wife. "He's a good brother, good husband and a good son to the family," said Winnie Tseng. "He's not a very good swimmer, but we have hope that he's still alive." Search and rescue crews from the air and at sea were searching a 40-square-mile area off the San Mateo coast. Tseng's family members said they won't give up, and hope the Coast Guard doesn't either. "I hope the Coast Guard still looks for my brother and does not stop the searching," Winnie Tseng said. The Coast Guard said its helicopter needed to be refueled Sunday night and sent out a C-130 plane to replace it in the search efforts. The Coast Guard cutter Tern was also involved in the search.
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