San Jose man who died on Hawaiian honeymoon was ‘tremendous robust’ swimmer

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) — Steven Phan, a San Jose man who died in Hawaii on his honeymoon from an obvious snorkeling accident, was a “tremendous robust” ocean swimmer, his greatest pal advised KRON4.

Phan, 49, and his bride had been celebrating their new life collectively on a visit to Honolulu when their dream honeymoon was a nightmare. The bride and groom had been snorkeling off Electrical Seaside in Nānākuli on June 1 when Phan abruptly disappeared underwater.

The newlywed bride, Brittany Myers Phan, “was forward of him. And sooner or later, she seemed again, and he wasn’t there,” Phan’s greatest pal, Sean Rankin, advised KRON4.

Brittany Myers Phan and Steven Phan had been married in Mexico earlier this yr.

Phan was discovered 10 minutes later unresponsive within the water. Good Samaritans on the seashore noticed Phan floating within the water, pulled him out of the ocean, and carried out CPR. Nevertheless it was too late — Phan had already drowned, Rankin mentioned. He was later pronounced lifeless in a Hawaiian hospital.

Rankin mentioned, “For seven years we lived in Southern California and he bodyboarded on a regular basis. I’d surf and he would bodyboard. He was a stronger swimmer than I used to be.”

Brittany Myers Phan was caught in Hawaii for a number of days as a result of she didn’t have an ID to fly again to the Bay Space. A thief stole her backpack from Electrical Seaside throughout the snorkeling emergency, along with her pockets, ID, cellphone, and rental automotive keys nonetheless inside.

Phan was a robust ocean swimmer, in response to his greatest pal.

“She is a wreck, as all of us are,” Rankin mentioned.

Native residents who stay close to Electrical Seaside had been additionally saddened by the drowning incident. “I’m nonetheless type of shaky inside simply pondering, oh my God, they’re honeymooners. It’s alleged to be completely satisfied,” Rhonda Aquino, an area Waipahu resident, advised KRON4 sister station KHON2. “I really feel so unhappy inside, like, can not imagine nonetheless.”

Phan, who labored as a supervisor at Apple in Cupertino, celebrated his wedding ceremony day in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico in March. On Tuesday, his family and friends gathered in Campbell for his funeral.

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