Body of Drowning Victim Found Near Pier

From Times Staff Reports

Searchers found the body of man who drowned near the Manhattan Beach pier Friday, authorities said.

The man, who was not identified, was swimming with a friend, said lifeguard Capt. Philip Topar.

The friend was caught in a rip current about 4:40 p.m., and a lifeguard spotted him.

"He told the lifeguard that he thought his buddy was out there with him," Topar said.

About 20 lifeguards, along with a dive team and rescue boats, began searching the area. Coast Guard and county Fire Department helicopters joined in.

At 5:55 p.m., a helicopter crew spotted the body on the ocean floor at a depth of about 8 feet 100 yards north of the pier.

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