Pleasanton man dies while abalone diving off North Coast

Ocean was rough, local diver got separated from partner, authorities say

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.

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a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Aug 26, 2015 at 9:14 am

Yet again, more fine reporting from the PLEASANTON WEAKLY. Man dies on the NORTH COAST ? Didn't know U.S. had a north coast, maybe on the Great Lakes. Illiteracy / stupidity in journalism strikes again.

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Posted by Ellen
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 26, 2015 at 9:41 am

Way to go original poster. A man lost his life tragically and you criticize the writer of the story for using a term that is 100% accurate.

If you've spent any amount of time in this area you would know that north coast IS a thing and always has been. A two second Google search would have clued you in.

RIP Mr. Ohhashi

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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Aug 26, 2015 at 9:50 am

@WTGPW : "Didn't know U.S. had a north coast..."

California has a North Coast. It's the coastal region between SF Bay and the Oregon border.

Free diving is dangerous. I recently read in the news that a Russian woman who held the world record for deepest free dives also lost her life in a very deep free diving attempt.

RIP, Yoshihiro Ohhashi

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Posted by ok, so you think you correct
a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Aug 27, 2015 at 3:27 pm

Where,s our South coast ? We only have an east and west coast people. With some of both more north or south geographically. No such thing as a north coast in the U.S. And if Google shows a NORTH COAST someone should go stand on the beach where this poor guy died and look at a compass and see which way the arrow is pointing as you look at the water ?

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Posted by 4th gr. Geography
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 27, 2015 at 4:38 pm

Im taking it you're not from California? When describing regions of Ca. North Coast, Central Coast, and yes, South Coast is a real geographical term. Web Link Fortunately, this post is not about geography but a terrible loss of a Pleasanton resident.

Im so sorry for the family of Yoshihiro Ohhashi.

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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Aug 27, 2015 at 9:12 pm

@"4th gr. Geography"

I think that it's an exercise in futility to try explain to him that the proper name of a location doesn't necessarily correspond to a literal meaning. It will be fun to see the look on his face when he finds out that the Virgin Islands are not actually populated entirely by virgins.

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Posted by Trekmtb
a resident of Heritage Oaks
on Aug 28, 2015 at 7:12 pm

My condolences to the Ohhashi family. Of course California has a North Coast. In fact Pleasanton High Schools play sports in a federation caked the North Ciast Section. (NCS):

The North Coast Section (NCS) is a part of the California Interscholastic Federation, governing the eastern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area, up along the northern coast of the state of California, from Fremont in the south to Crescent City in the north. It also governs the private schools in the city of Oakland. Due to this split in regions, the section is split in two for some championships, including football.

I'm guessing WTGPW isn't from these parts.

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Posted by Trekmtb
a resident of Heritage Oaks
on Aug 28, 2015 at 7:14 pm

North Coast Section

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Posted by Alex
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 29, 2015 at 11:11 am

Condolences to the family.

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