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November 1, 1991 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tom Hefferan's motto was "You can beat the sea unless you make a mistake," and the 45-year-old angler was not the kind of person ever to make a mistake, his friends said. These same friends, all members of the San Fernando Valley Saltwater Fishermen's Club, cannot understand how the experienced fisherman, who is missing at sea and feared to be dead, fell victim to a boating accident last weekend.
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NEWS
May 18, 1987
A houseboat capsized in the San Joaquin River near Antioch, killing two of the five people aboard, the Coast Guard reported. One of the victims was identified by the Contra Costa County coroner's office as Ladean Kathryn Pitkins, 34, of Antioch. Identity of the other, a girl about 6 years old, was withheld pending notification of relatives. All five people on the 22-foot pleasure craft were plunged into the water when the boat tipped over.
NEWS
February 7, 1988
Two men survived the sinking of their fishing boat by clinging to a hatch in the cold water off the Farallon Islands for seven hours, the Coast Guard said. Two others were missing and presumed dead. The Lisa Lorrain of Half Moon Bay took on water while crew members were sleeping and rapidly began sinking. Three men managed to escape from the boat but, the Coast Guard said, a fourth, Keith Young, 31, the captain, apparently never got out of the hull.
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