Body found on ocean floor near San Clemente Island

Body found San Clemente

San Clemente Island viewed from an aircraft that regularly flies military and civilian personnel to the U.S. Navy-owned island. On Monday, a man’s body was found on the ocean floor near the island.

(Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)

Investigators recovered an unidentified man’s body Monday from the ocean floor near San Clemente Island, authorities said.

The body was first spotted Sunday afternoon by a recreational diver, who alerted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that the body was about 100 feet underwater, sheriff’s officials said.

Sheriff’s divers began searching late Sunday near San Clemente Island, a 57-square-mile patch owned by the U.S. Navy that sits about 25 miles south of Catalina Island and 75 miles northwest of San Diego.

After stopping at dusk, sheriff’s divers resumed scouring the ocean floor early Monday.


The man’s body was pulled from the water about 10:30 a.m. and has been released to the L.A. County coroner’s office, which has not yet identified the man.

Anyone with information about the recovered body is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department’s homicide bureau at (323) 890-5550.

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