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Ventura County Fishermen find a body at sea believed to be missing Commercial Fisherman

V0013276281--6426Fisherman Moody Brickett thought the object caught in a boat’s net late Monday afternoon was a decomposed seal. It was a human body. Brickett and his friends are convinced they know who it is, though Ventura County authorities have not confirmed the identification. On the last Friday of February, Vietnamese commercial fisherman Tra Nguyen searched for ridgeback prawns at sea between the Ventura and Santa Barbara harbors. He and his deckhand, Dinh Nguyen, pulled up the last catch of the day. The boat was listing because of an empty starboard fuel tank. It began to tip after being struck by a wave, according to Dinh Nguyen, who survived. Read the rest here 13:04

How a deckhand survived tragedy that claimed his friend

V0012908185--687237Dinh Nguyen knew he was going to drown. The 57-year-old fisherman was in a boat that was sinking off the coast 17 miles northwest of Ventura late Friday afternoon. He said the boat’s captain and his friend, Tra Nguyen, ended up tethered to the vessel and was dragged down with it. After scouring the ocean for 16 hours, Coast Guard officials called off the search for Tra Nguyen at 7:45 a.m. Saturday. A spokeswoman would neither comment on whether the missing boater was presumed dead nor confirm the man’s name. The names and story come from Dinh Nguyen and friends who confirmed his presence on the commercial fishing boat. He spoke early Saturday afternoon at Ventura Harbor, where his rescuers took him. Read the story here 10:40