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Man dies after plunging from a helicopter into ocean near Malibu

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A view of the Malibu pier and Malibu Surfrider Beach
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

A man died after he fell or jumped from a private helicopter Saturday afternoon off the Malibu coast, authorities said.

Lifeguards from the Los Angeles County Fire Department reached the man about 1:20 p.m. about a mile from the Malibu Pier, said Supervising Dispatcher Bernard Peters. He was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

It’s unclear whether the person jumped or fell, Peters said.

But the Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot of the Robinson R22 helicopter reported that a passenger jumped from the aircraft, according to the Associated Press.

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The investigation is ongoing.

This report will be updated as more information becomes available.

nicole.santacruz@latimes.com

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UPDATES:

6:10 p.m.: This article was updated with new information from the FAA.

3:30 p.m.: This article was updated with new comments from a county fire official.

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This article was originally published at 3 p.m.


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