Body found at Half Moon Bay may be missing fisherman

A body found on a Half Moon Bay beach Tuesday afternoon could belong to one of two fishermen who never returned from sea the morning of Dec. 4, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said.

The men left Pillar Point on a crab fishing trip at 9 a.m. and were not seen again.

Land and air search crews from the U.S. Coast Guard and sheriff's office launched a daylong search over a 500-square-mile area for the men and their vessel. They only found debris.

The search persisted until it was determined the men had likely perished in the ocean, the Coast Guard said. The search effort is now focused on recovery.

Sheriff's officials have not confirmed but say it's possible a body found at 3 p.m. today in the area of Poplar Beach was that of a fisherman.

An autopsy is being done by the San Mateo County Coroner's Office and the results will be released once next of kin is notified.

Half Moon Bay police is also investigating the death, sheriff's officials said.

The missing fisherman, both from San Leandro, have been identified as 59-year-old Ben Hannaberg, the owner of the boat, and 57-year-old Jim Davis, according to the sheriff's office.

— Bay City News

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