Benson Van Nguyen
Nguyen, approximately 2009
Date and time person was reported missing : 02/21/2009
Missing location (approx) :
San Mateo County, California
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 07/15/1961 (60)
Age at the time of disappearance: 47 years old
Height / Weight : 5'8, 160 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A yellow/orange rain jacket and pants.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Asian male. Black hair, brown eyes. Nguyen is of Vietnamese descent.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Nguyen was last seen in San Mateo County, California on February 21, 2009. He worked as a commercial fisherman. He and two friends left Moss Landing in a 36-foot vessel, the Della C, to go crab fishing. The boat was about four miles west of Point Ano Nuevo when a rogue wave overturned it.
Nguyen's friends made it to a life raft. They threw a crab pot towards him, hoping to drag him to safety, but he disappeared in the water. His friends were rescued two hours later and had to be treated for hypothermia.
An extensive search of the ocean turned up no sign of Nguyen or his remains. He is presumed to have drowned. He left behind a wife and three children.
Other information and links : ncy
San Mateo County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
The Santa Cruz Sentinel
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