The man who died after his boat capsized during the storm Saturday owned two restaurants in Ventnor.

Ming Zhen Chen, 48, owned Tsui’s Garden, on Ventnor Avenue, and Tsui’s Garden II, in the Wellington Avenue shopping center in Ventnor Heights. He was an avid fisherman, said his longtime friend, Leon Tong.

“He loved fishing,” Tong said. “There was no warning that night from the Weather Channel. There were thunderstorms. The weather changed. It was raining and it kept raining. Mr. Chen fell in the water.”

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Two other passengers of the boat were able to swim ashore and alert Brigantine police. The Coast Guard sent a rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City around 3:20 a.m. Chen was found, and pulled from the water unconscious. He was later pronounced dead.

Tong said that Chen lived in Egg Harbor Township and that he liked fishing for striper.

“He is a wonderful guy,” Tong said. “Nice, happy. All the customers liked him. He treated people nice. He respected people. He helped people. I have a feeling that at the funeral, there will be a lot people at the viewing.”

Tong said that Chen’s mother and father are flying in from China on Wednesday. His parents will decide when and where to hold the funeral.

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