Missing jet skier dies after rescue near Long Beach

Los Angeles County Fire Department lifeguards work to find a man missing in the ocean between Long Beach and Catalina on Feb. 10. The man was later found but died at a hospital.
(Los Angeles County Fire Department )

A 20-year-old man who went missing while riding a jet ski toward Catalina Island died Sunday night after rescue crews pulled him from the ocean following an hours-long search.

The man, identified as Jean Carlos Cheryl, was listed in critical condition when crews found him in the waters off Long Beach about 7:45 p.m., according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

For the record:

11:30 AM, Feb. 12, 2019This article identifies the jet skier who died off Long Beach as Jean Carlos Cheryl. His name is Jean Carlos Chery.

Authorities had been searching for Cheryl since about 10:50 a.m. when his friend reported him missing. He was last seen in Long Beach about an hour earlier and was expected to arrive in Catalina Island later in the day, the Coast Guard said.

A helicopter crew found the red-and-white Yamaha jet ski that Cheryl had been riding about 2 p.m. near Long Beach, but he was not with the watercraft.


Officials found Cheryl hours later, pulled him from the water and flew him to the Long Beach Airport. He was taken by ambulance to Long Beach Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

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