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Man dies after rescue from sinking commercial crab boat
April 03, 2010, 03:40 AM By Dan McMenamin Bay City News Service

A 47-year-old man who died after he and another man were rescued Friday afternoon while their boat sank off of the coast of Half Moon Bay has been identified by the San Mateo County coroner’s office as Gary Allen Christensen.

Christensen, a Half Moon Bay resident, died after an incident that began at about 1:10 p.m. when the two men called to say their boat was taking on water several miles off of Pillar Point Harbor.

Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard and Pillar Point Harbor responded to the area and found the two men and the sinking boat, a wooden vessel that was about 35 feet long and built in the 1940s, Coast Guard Lt. Simone Mausz said. The sunken boat was called the Betty K, according to Pillar Point Harbor Master Robert Johnson.

Christensen was taken away by a Coast Guard helicopter after apparently going into cardiac arrest. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at about 3:30 p.m., according to Petty Officer David Font.

Officials from Pillar Point Harbor rescued the other man, who was uninjured, and took him to shore, Mausz said.

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