SAN DIEGO - A rogue wave caused a sailboat to overturn in Mission Bay early Monday, leaving a passenger missing and sending another to the hospital, authorities said.
The 20-foot vessel capsized near the north jetty at the entrance to Mission Bay sometime before 1 a.m., according to the U.S. Coast Guard's public affairs office.
San Diego City Lifeguards notified the Coast Guard at 12:46 a.m. that one person from the boat was rescued and taken to a local hospital but another was missing. The missing boater – identified by loved ones as Edgar Paglumotan – remained missing as of 7:30 a.m., authorities said.
Elaine Castillo and Paglumotan have dated for 13 years and were going to get married soon. She said she is terrified she cannot marry her one true love.
"He's a nice guy," Castillo said through tears. "He takes care of us so much. He's a sweetheart… I'm going to miss him. "
Their 10-year-old son, named Edgar after his father, is trying to be strong for the family.
"He loves fishing," the 10-year-old said. "On Friday, we went and he would always want his net and last time we went, he lost his nets and he tried to find it, just like he did right now."
Paglumotan was fishing for lobster with Castillo's brother-in-law Alex when their boat capsized.
"What we did was we initiated a land, sea and air search, so we had vehicles patrolling the beach and lifeguards chest deep high looking inside, we have boats on the outside and we’ve got helicopters overhead," Lt. Greg Buchanan of San Diego Lifeguards said.
Lifeguards conducted a search for more than an hour and resumed Monday morning. Search efforts included the use of a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and a 45-foot Coast Guard vessel. San Diego police, fire-rescue personnel and lifeguards were also taking part in the search.
Young Edgar is just hoping to find more help.
"Just try to help us, please," he said. "Try to find our dad."
Castillo at least wants closure.
"I hope they won't give up until they find his body," she said.
Lifeguards said the missing man is not a skilled swimmer. Family said he was not wearing a life vest at the time.
Authorities plan to search throughout the day Monday and possibly into Tuesday.