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

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.

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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.

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.

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