Coast Guard turns search effort to recovery quest for missing fishermen

The search for two fishermen aboard a fishing vessel that went missing off the San Mateo County coast Tuesday afternoon has been changed to a recovery effort today, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Anya Hunter said.

The estimated survival time for the men was about eight hours based on water and air temperatures and sea conditions, according to the Coast Guard.

The missing men, 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 San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

The two left from Pillar Point at about 9 a.m. Tuesday to check crab traps, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

The men are described as experienced fishermen, the sheriff's office reported.

Local agencies assisting with air, land, and sea searches covered a 500-square-mile area Tuesday. Debris sighted floating in the water during search efforts included the boat's emergency beacon, according to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard stopped actively searching at 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to Hunter. Recovery efforts for the 25-foot fiberglass vessel called “Good Guys” began today at about 6:45 a.m. when Coast Guard officials

sent out a helicopter.

San Mateo sheriff's deputies have continued the lookout from the shore, Sgt. Linda Gibbons said.

A small craft advisory put into effect Tuesday was issued again today, Hunter said. It was expected to remain in effect until about midnight.

Small vessels that do not need to be on the water are asked to stay docked, and those that need to go out are asked to bring emergency equipment, she said.

— Bay City News

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