National Guard airman’s body found at Big Sur

November 13, 2014

helicopterRescue workers found the body of a 24-year-old National Guard airman submerged in 20 feet of water by a Big Sur beach Wednesday morning. [Monterey County Herald]

San Jose resident Khiem Nguyen was fishing with three friends at Big Sur’s Soberanes Point on Tuesday when waves swept him off rocks. Rescue teams conducted an eight-hour search Tuesday by boat and air but suspended it due to dangerous conditions.

The search resumed Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. and turned into a SCUBA operation around 11 a.m. Divers found Nguyen’s body just after 11:30 a.m.

Nguyen was the second person to be swept off rocks at Soberanes Point in less than a month. Rescuers succeeded in saving the first person.

Emergency responders say it is difficult to conduct rescues in the area due to the rocky terrain and strong currents.

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Fish on! Rest In Peace my brother.