Tuesday, 21 May 2024

REGIONAL: Bay Area abalone diver dies off Mendocino Coast

MENDOCINO COUNTY – A Daly City man died Friday morning while driving for abalone near Pt. Arena.

The body of Raymond Chin Pang Shue, 33, a commercial truck driver up from the city to go diving, was recovered from the ocean on Friday morning, according to Lt. Dennis Bushnell of the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office.

At 8:30 a.m. Friday Mendocino County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to Moat Creek at Point Arena regarding a diver in distress, Bushnell said.

On arrival fire and rescue personnel recovered Shue's body from the ocean with the assistance of US Coast Guard and Sonoma County Sheriff's helicopter, according to the report.

Bushnell said that a witness at the scene reported that Shue was diving when he was struck by a large wave, and that he began to struggle.

The witness couldn't get to Shue and called 911 for assistance, Bushnell said.

Bushnell said the the Mendocino County Coroner's Office is investigating Shue's death.

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