October 4, 2023

ALAMEDA — An Oakland man who drowned Saturday was with three others on a fishing journey earlier than their boat started sinking, forcing them into San Francisco Bay the place robust currents made for tough swimming earlier than rescuers might get to them, authorities mentioned Tuesday.

The person who drowned has been recognized as Tom Lovanh, 60, of Oakland.

Alameda police mentioned Tuesday that he and three buddies — a 62-year-old man and his 17-year-old son, and a 58-year previous man, all from Oakland — had departed Saturday from the Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline boat ramp on Doolittle Drive close to the Oakland Worldwide Airport for a day of fishing in San Francisco Bay.

What time they really departed was not recognized. They had been in a 14-foot fiberglass boat with a motor, a ship that had been constructed by one of many males, police mentioned.

The boat started to sink about 1:15 p.m., whereas the group was within the bay offshore of the Bay Farm Island Ferry Terminal, authorities mentioned.

Lt. Alan Kuboyama mentioned police are nonetheless investigating why the boat started to sink and are specializing in a doable mechanical concern that the survivors recalled.

All 4 ended up within the water and tried to swim to shore. The three survivors both already had on, or had been capable of shortly placed on life jackets, police mentioned. However they instructed police the present was too robust, in order that they held onto no matter they may.