SAN JOSE, Calif. -- They all looked so happy standing there in flip-flops and Bermuda shorts on the Mexican beach of San Felipe, six buddies from the San Francisco Bay Area with broad smiles about to head out on what was supposed to be the fishing trip of their lifetimes.
Don Lee of San Ramon, 62, who organized the trip that included a total of 27 friends and relatives, wore a Panama hat and gave the camera a thumbs-up sign, as if they would encounter nothing but smooth sailing and plentiful fish.
But little more than a day later, the picture turned into a haunting image, with one of them dead and Lee and two others missing. On Tuesday, two men in the photo -- Lee Ikegami of San Martin and Mike Ng of Belmont -- called home to loved ones.
"I've never seen my husband this upset before," Ikegami's wife, Murphy, said Tuesday after talking to him by phone at the El Capitan hotel in San Felipe. "He's absolutely devastated."
Also Tuesday, U.S. Coast Guard helicopters circled over the Sea of Cortez, looking across the calm and warm waters for a total of seven missing fishermen from the capsized boat that was named Erik.