The body of a Pleasanton man who was diving for abalone off the Mendocino County coast last week has been recovered.
Yoshihiro Ohhashi, 57, was diving near Van Damme State Park in Mendocino County, about three hours north of Pleasanton, on Friday when his diving partner lost sight of him, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office.
The ocean was rough that day, and Ohhashi and a friend were trying to dive to catch abalone, but his friend got sick from the rough conditions and got out of the water. From the surface, he could only see Ohhashi's overturned flotation device, the sheriff's office stated in a release.
Ohhashi's friend ran to Van Damme State Park for emergency assistance, and search parties from the Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department, the U.S. Coast Guard, the California State Parks system, Mendocino County Sheriff's Office and county Search and Rescue units began sweeping the water and land, the sheriff's office stated. Ohhashi's body was found around noon on Saturday.
Cause of death was not immediately available and will be determined during an autopsy.
Abalone diving is known for being a dangerous hobby, and divers often flock to the North Coast to catch the prized sea snails.