Fil-Am drowns after falling off paddle boat

Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Jul 20 2017 10:10 AM

A 26-year-old Filipino-American drowned after falling off a standup paddle boat in Huntington Beach harbor on Tuesday afternoon.

Jose Luis Mendoza of Lakewood, California was not wearing a life jacket and did not know how to swim.

Search teams spent about 25 minutes trying to find his body at the harbor's murky waters where he and his brother rented the boat.

A YouCaring page set up to help raise funds for his family describes him as a certified PTA "that was set to devote his life to helping strangers get back on track."

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