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.


Fish on! Rest In Peace my brother.