A California man drowned as he was snorkeling with his wife on their honeymoon in Hawaii last month, with thieves stealing the couple’s car and belongings as bystanders tried to save him, NBC Bay Area reported.
Steven Phan, 49, of San Jose, drowned in the waters off the island of Oahu on June 1, according to the California station and a GoFundMe fundraiser launched to help pay for funeral and burial costs and to support his wife, Brittany Myers Phan.
Bystanders took Phan to shore and performed CPR until paramedics arrived, and he later died in the hospital, NBC Bay Area reported, citing first responders.
While the attempt to rescue Phan was underway, the couple’s car was stolen with their phones, wallets, money and clothes inside, according to NBC Bay Area and the GoFundMe.
The fundraiser called Phan’s death “absolutely devastating.
“We are all shocked, in disbelief, and heartbroken at the loss of such a great man as Steven,” it says. “Steven always found a way to be a part of everyone’s lives, no matter the distance. Steven was a true friend and an amazing husband, Steven will be incredibly missed by all.”
A Honolulu police spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday morning.
Phan worked for Apple, according to NBC Bay Area. Representatives for the company could not immediately be reached for comment.