Search Called Off for Missing Boater Who Jumped in Delta to Save Hat | NBC Bay Area
East Bay

East Bay

The latest news from around the East Bay

Search Called Off for Missing Boater Who Jumped in Delta to Save Hat

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Searchers on Sunday returned to the Delta to search for a man who went missing after jumping into the water to retrieve his hat, according to officials. Christie Smith reports.

    (Published Sunday, May 28, 2017)

    The search for a man who went missing after jumping into the Delta to retrieve his hat was called off Sunday afternoon, according to Coast Guard officials.

    The 53-year-old man was riding in a boat east of the Antioch Bridge Saturday evening when he leaped from the vessel without wearing a life jacket, according to officials. Another person in the boat turned around to pluck the man from the water, but the man couldn't be found.

    The missing man was wearing a brown shirt and swim trunks when he dove in the water, according to officials.

    Just last weekend, a father disappeared after rescuing his son from the water near the Pittsburg Marina.

    "We’ve seen two different tragedies in the last two weeks up here," local harbor master Chris Lauritzen said.

    While recovery teams combed the water for the latest missing man, the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department was reminding boaters about safe boating practices in hopes of preventing a similar incident from happening in the future. Wearing properly-fitting life jackets was a chief point of information passed along to the public.

    The U.S. Coast Guard added that boaters should always operate their vessel while sober. Sheriff's officials said that all boaters should carry an emergency kit that includes a flashlight, warm clothing, cell phone, VHF radio and chart.

    Get the latest from NBC Bay Area anywhere, anytime
    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android