Diver from Huntington Beach who went missing near Santa Catalina Island found dead

Catalina Island and the Pacific Ocean.
Rescuers combed the waters Monday surrounding Catalina Island in search of a diver from Huntington Beach, Justin Hoang, 42, who was reported missing at 1 a.m. the same day.
(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Crews combed the waters surrounding Catalina Island in hope of rescuing a Huntington Beach man who went missing early Monday, Oct. 3, but he was found dead later that day.

The man who died was identified as 42-year-old Justin Hoang, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Aidan Cooney said. He was last seen alive wearing a black wet suit at about 1 a.m. Monday by the crew aboard the dive vessel, Cee Ray.

About 30 Coast Guard personnel operating two helicopters and two boats were dispatched to look for him. Local agencies were also participating in the search.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies and Los Angeles port police found the Huntington Beach man’s body at about 4 p.m., Coast Guard officials said in a news release Monday evening. Details regarding where he was located and what led up to Hoang’s disappearance were not immediately released.

The operators of the diving boat Hoang was last seen on declined a request for comment.

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