Search Called Off for Missing 74-year-old Boater

Point HarborU.S. Coast Guard

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) -- Authorities have ended their search for a 74-year-old man whose empty boat was found off the coast of Laguna Beach on Wednesday.

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol called off their search around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Andrew Szaz, of Huntington Beach, was reported missing by his wife around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday when he didn't return from Dana Point Harbor, where he had planned to work on his sailboat.

Szaz, an experience sailor, had been training for a single-man boat race from California to Hawaii, Coast Guard officials said.

His 28-foot vessel was found by Laguna Beach lifeguards at Main Beach about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Authorities began searching the waters off Dana Point to Huntington Beach around 3 a.m.

The Coast Guard used two helicopters along with boats to search as far as 20 miles out to sea.

Harbor Patrol conducted a grid search, combing the coastline and rock outcroppings up and down the shore.

Szaz's boat was towed to Dana Point Harbor for investigation.

Sheriff's investigators said they have not found anything suspicious.

They do not plan to resume the search unless new information arises.

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