UPDATE: The woman involved in last Wednesday’s boating accident in Oxnard has passed away from her injuries. The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office identifies her as 41-year old Sokly Kuoch. The other three people on the boat Kuoch’s husband and two young children survived the accident.
Sokly Kuoch owned Master’s Donuts in the Walmart shopping center off Victoria in Ventura.
Family members have come together to keep Master’s Donuts open despite the passing of the shop’s owner over the weekend.
“My aunt and I are going to come in and help her keep the business floating and going, until we figure something else out as a family. Her husband is pretty much in shock,” said Kuoch’s cousin Cindy Tu.
Kuoch, her husband and two young children were on a family fishing trip Tuesday night, when the unexpected happened.
“What we discovered from our investigation is the night before the family had gone lobster fishing and when the family got back to the harbor they miscalculated and they got lost. They ended up getting caught in the surf and their boat capsized. The occupants were two small children a male and a female. The children and the female were wearing life vest, the man was not. The male was able to assist the children in getting to shore and in doing so got separated from the female,” said Captain Garo Kuredjian with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.
The kids ran to a nearby house to get help, but by the time first responders arrived Kuoch was already in bad shape.
“She was found unconscious and not breathing. They did CPR and tried to resuscitate her, said Tu.
Kuoch was declared brain dead on Friday and taken off life support shortly after. Following her death family member’s like Kuoch’s cousin Cindy Tu have stepped in to help.
“She was such a beautiful kind cousin, and you know it is just heart-wrenching and tragic, but at the same time my heart goes out to her two kids. They have been staying with me and I am trying my best to provide a stable home environment for them and we are doing good,” said Tu.
“I miss her. We miss her a lot,” said Kouch’s 11-year old daughter Angelina.
“It’s going to be tough for all of us, but I think for them especially so I think prayers for them would be really helpful. I believe in prayers,” said Tu.
Kuoch’s family will be having a memorial service for her once her body is released from the coroner.
The family is doing everything they can to keep the shop running in Kouch’s passing.
You can help the family by supporting Master’s Donuts off Victoria in Ventura or by donating to their GoFundMe.
A family of four was hospitalized Wednesday morning after an apparent boating accident off the coast of Oxnard.
Authorities say a woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition from Hollywood Beach where the 12-foot vessel washed ashore. She was unconscious and not breathing when firefighters arrived, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. A man and two kids were also transported but are not believed to have any serious injuries. It’s not clear how on the family was in the water.
The incident was reported around 12:25 a.m. near the 3900 block of Ocean Drive. Authorities say the family was out lobster fishing, which is a night-time activity.
The cause of the boating accident is under investigation.