Missing Sailor Found Dead on Angel Island, ID'd as Sacramento Resident

The man was apparently sailing to the Philippines, according to sheriff's officials.

By Bay City News Service:

A sailor who went missing in San Francisco Bay on Monday was found dead on Angel Island Tuesday, according to the Marin County coroner's office.

 A fingerprint analysis has identified the man as Andrew Henry Ewing, 31, a Sacramento resident, according to Lt. Keith Boyd, assistant chief deputy coroner.

 Rescue crews began searching for Ewing in the water near the Golden Gate Bridge early Monday morning after his 30-foot sailboat, the "Alma," emitted a radio beacon distress signal at 4:20 a.m.

 U.S. Coast Guard and Southern Marin Fire Protection District crews found Ewing's sailboat partially submerged near the rocks in the Yellow Bluff area on Monday.  The boat later sank and rescue crews continued searching by air and water for Ewing.

 At 6:03 a.m. Tuesday, a Coast Guard helicopter crew spotted Ewing's body on the southwest portion of Angel Island, Boyd said.

 Ewing had set sail from Alameda around 6:10 p.m. Sunday bound for the Philippines, Boyd said.

 The sheriff's office will do a forensic examination to investigate the cause and circumstances of Ewing's death, Boyd said.

 Ewing is believed to have been the sole occupant of his boat. The coroner's office does not suspect foul play at this time, Boyd said.

 "The Coast Guard extends our deepest condolences to the parents, extended family and friends of the victim of this tragedy," Capt. Greg Stump, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco's commander, said in a statement.

offgrid June 04, 2014 at 11:28 AM
Very heavy fog that night. With radar and chartplotting so advanced and cheap, it's baffling why someone would venture out the gate without it if that were the case. Also no reason to go out the gate in the dark without it and extensive local knowledge. Lastly , kind of questionable to try to make the philipines in less than a 35 footer.


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