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Search for swimmer who went missing near Santa Monica Pier enters second day

The Los Angeles County Fire Department’s lifeguard division has resumed a search for a missing swimmer in Santa Monica.
(Los Angeles County Fire Department )

Officials have resumed a search for a swimmer who went missing Tuesday morning from a Santa Monica beach, sheriff’s officials said.

The man, who hasn’t been identified, was last seen about 11 a.m. Tuesday near Lifeguard Tower 9, about a mile north of the Santa Monica Pier, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

LAFD officials said their lifeguards responded after a report of a swimmer in distress, but “the swimmer had submerged” by the time rescuers arrived.

High winds and waves cut Tuesday’s search short, with efforts ending about 2:20 p.m. But the Fire Department’s marine technical search team remained on the shore, scanning the area with sonar.

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Early Wednesday morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deployed a dive team, boats and air rescue units. The U.S. Coast Guard and county lifeguards are also involved in the search.

alejandra.reyesvelarde@latimes.com

Twitter: @r_valejandra


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