HONG, Joo Hwan

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HONG, Joo Hwan (c. 1954-1999)

In the News~

December 14, 1999 [LAT]: “As search crews ran out of daylight Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard temporarily called off its search for an Orange County man who disappeared Sunday while scuba diving off Anacapa Island, Authorities plan to resume the search this morning. Hong Joo Hwan, 45, of Irvine was separated from a recreational diving group that was visiting the island 11 miles off the Ventura coast. Hong was among 22 divers aboard the Explorer, a diving vessel that departed from Ventura Harbor at 7 a.m. Sunday.”

December 16, 1999 [LAT]: “The body of a missing diver from Irvine was recovered Wednesday afternoon more than 100 feet below the surface in waters off Anacapa Island, authorities said. The family of 45-year-old Joo Hwan Hong had chartered a boat in Ventura on Wednesday morning, and one of nine divers who volunteered to search found the victim about 1:30 P.M., authorities said. Hong’s wife and children and several other family members were aboard the dive vessel Spectre when Hong was found. Hong was reported missing about 10:30 A.M. Sunday when he failed to resurface while diving in the area with a Los Angeles diving club. More than a dozen sheriff’s deputies who dive and the Coast Guard searched for Hong on Sunday and Monday, but ceased looking Tuesday because of rough seas… Hong was found face down in his wetsuit and had with him a couple of fish he had caught and killed.”