San Jose groom dies throughout honeymoon in Hawaii

HONOLULU (KRON / KHON) — A San Jose newlywed couple’s dream Hawaiian honeymoon trip become a tragic nightmare this June.

Honolulu Emergency Medical Providers mentioned they responded to a 911 name at 10:27 a.m. June 1 at Electrical Seaside in Nānākuli. The groom, a 49-year-old San Jose man, had been snorkeling along with his spouse when one thing went fallacious, witnesses informed KHON2.

The person was unresponsive when bystanders pulled him out of the ocean and carried out CPR on the seashore. First responders transported the groom to a hospital, the place he later died, KHON2 reported.

The honeymoon tragedy continued when the spouse found that somebody had stolen her backpack, driver’s license, rental automobile keys, and rental automobile from Electrical Seaside. The thief snatched the spouse’s belongings whereas she was watching CPR being carried out on her husband, a witness mentioned.

Honolulu police verify they’re investigating a theft and auto theft associated to the incident.

The sufferer’s good friend reached out to KRON4 and recognized the groom as Steven Phan. The San Jose man labored for Apple in Cupertino and celebrated his wedding ceremony day on March 20. His spouse was recognized by the good friend as Brittany Myers Phan.

A GoFundMe web page for the Phans states, “Whereas snorkeling tragedy struck. Steven, Brittany’s husband of all however 3 months, drowned. As If this might not be worse, all of Brittany and Steven’s belongings had been stolen, the thieves took their cell telephones, wallets, cash, clothes, they even stole their automobile rental.”

In line with her household, Brittany Myers Phan was nonetheless caught in Hawaii on Friday trying to get a brand new ID so she might fly residence to the Bay Space for her husband’s funeral.

A witness informed KHON2, “I met the spouse. They had been there on their honeymoon, simply the 2 of them. As if the tragedy itself wasn’t troublesome sufficient, now she has to undergo the logistics … as a result of she will’t journey again to residence with out an ID. She has to undergo the due course of on the airport to confirm. It’s a large number.”

“I’m nonetheless sort of shaky inside simply considering, oh my God, they’re honeymooners. It’s presupposed to be completely satisfied,” mentioned Rhonda Aquino, an area Waipahu resident. “I really feel so unhappy inside, like, can’t imagine nonetheless.”

Electrical Seaside is a well-liked spot for snorkeling on the west facet of Oʻahu.

Aquino, who grew up going to Electrical Seaside, mentioned it may be harmful when you’re not accustomed to the realm. “The present will get sturdy right here,” Aquino cautioned.

Electrical Seaside has been rising in recognition amongst vacationers due to social media, but it surely doesn’t have a lifeguard, Aquino mentioned. Metropolis Councilmember Andrea Tupola mentioned town might be including a lifeguard stand and the required staffing to the realm in early September.

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