July, 28, 2011
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Dear Mr. President:
I am requesting your assistance in retrieving the bodies of 6 (six)
American fishermen, including two veterans who were recipients of the
On July 4 of this year, the Erik, a Mexican sportfishing vessel
operating out of San Felipe, Mexico sank in approximately 300 feet of
water. The circumstances surrounding the sinking still have not been
fully explained or documented by Juan Tintos Funcke, Secretary of
Tourism, Baja California Norte or anyone else in the Mexican government.
The crew of 17 (seventeen), all Mexican nationals, were rescued. Six
anglers out of thirty-four (34) passengers, all American nationals, are
still missing. To date, only one angler’s body has been recovered. It
is believed that the remaining six victims are trapped in the Eric’s
There has been little information disseminated to the families of the
dead regarding any efforts that might have been taken in retrieving the
An investigator who was on scene the day the Erik sank was kind
enough to share the results of a joint rescue effort with Mexico, which
includes the latitude and longitude of the Erik’s projected location.
I am specifically requesting that you exert all possible efforts upon
the Government of Mexico to locate, retrieve and return the bodies of
these missing American citizens to their families to enable burial and a
start to the healing process.
I eagerly await a response. As co-host of Fish Talk Radio, AM830,
KLAA, Anaheim, CA (Thursday evenings, 9-10 PM), I have received a number
of inquiries regarding this unfortunate event. The American public
wants to know what is being done.
Please do not hesitate to contact either me at (323) 839-8349 or via
e-mail at email@example.com My co-host, Mr. Philip Friedman, is
available at (424) 237-0250 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you
have any questions or need additional information.
Will Ebersman and Philip Friedman