NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org; Carrie Braun, 714.647.1848, CBraun@ocsd.org
Boater Rescued by Sheriff’s Harbor Patrol Deputies
DANA POINT, Calif. – (August 5, 2015) – On Tuesday, August 04, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Harbor Patrol deputies rescued Thuan Hieu Dang, 39, Garden Grove, from the ocean water approximately one mile off the coast of Monarch Beach, northwest of Dana Point Harbor. Dang and a companion, Tan Hoang Vu, 43, Riverside fell overboard yesterday at approximately 9:00 a.m. after a mechanical failure on the vessel.
On Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Sheriff’s Harbor Patrol dispatch received a call indicating that an approximately 18-20 foot powerboat was travelling in tight circles, approximately two miles off the coast of Dana Point. Deputies from the Dana Point Harbor Patrol Station responded and immediately determined the vessel was unmanned. A collaborative search effort was immediately initiated with the United States Coast Guard, Orange County and State Lifeguards. At approximately 12:10 p.m., Dang was located in the water, exhausted and barely afloat. Dang was rescued and transported by lifeguards to the Dana Point Harbor Patrol office and the search for Vu continued.
Dang was examined by paramedics; however, he initially declined treatment. Shortly after refusing medical attention from paramedics, Dang began feeling ill and was transported to Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach. Dang was treated and has since been released.
At approximately 8:00 p.m. last night, the search for Vu was suspended due to darkness. As part of the investigation, Harbor Patrol deputies towed the vessel to a dock and conducted an examination. The preliminary investigation indicates there was a mechanical failure on board that caused the vessel to abruptly turn, causing both Dang and Vu to fall overboard; however, the investigation is ongoing.
The search for Vu has resumed this morning at 7:00 a.m.
Vu is a male, Asian, 6 feet, 250 pounds, last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Harbor Patrol Office at (949) 723-1002 or (714) 647-7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.com
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