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Capsized Vessel Found In Search For Missing Boater Near Pillar Point

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PILLAR POINT (CBS SF) – U.S. Coast Guard crews Friday morning found a capsized vessel possibly
associated with a boater who did not return after leaving from Pillar Point Harbor on Wednesday but have yet to find the missing man.

The Coast Guard received a call on Thursday night from the son of Shau Tsu Wong, a 64-year-old San Ramon man who departed from the harbor near Half Moon Bay on a recreational trip on Wednesday, Petty Officer Pamela Boehland said.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer reports:

The son said that his father did not usually take night trips on his boat, a white 18-foot vessel with a red stripe on it and two outboard engines, Boehland said.

“He typically goes out on trolls for about 24 hours and he hadn’t come home that night,” Coast Guard officer Mark Leahey recounted the information he’d been given from the missing man’s family. “He is a crabbing, a Dungeness crab fisherman.”

A capsized boat was found Friday morning off of Pillar Point but Coast Guard officials were still waiting to confirm that it is the vessel belonging to Wong.

The Coast Guard had initially launched a helicopter from its San Francisco station shortly before midnight but did not find the boat or Wong.

The helicopter crew returned to the station and then launched again at sunrise Friday, according to Boehland.

Two boats from the Coast Guard, an 87-foot patrol boat and a lifeboat, have also participated in the search, Boehland said.

“He typically goes out on trolls for about 24 hours and he hadn’t come home that night,” Coast Guard officer Mark Leahey recounted the information he’d been given from the missing man’s family. “He is a crabbing, a Dungeness crab fisherman.”

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Wong is asked to call the Coast Guard at (415) 399-3530.
(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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