Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach received notification of an anchored vessel 500 yards off Rancho Palos Verdes coast left unattended with personal effects onboard.
The individual aboard is reported as a white male, 6-foot 2-inches tall, 220 pounds, red hair and blue eyes.
The individual was last reported free diving in the area and wearing a wet suit.
Watchstanders immediately launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Los Angeles-Long Beach who conducted initial searches of the area. The Coast Guard Cutter Narwhal, homeported in Corona del Mar, arrived onscene to conduct a search of the area throughout the night. A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles conducted a first light search of the area early Saturday morning.
Los Angeles County Sheriffs are conducting dive operations in the area to assist in the search.
If anyone has any information as to the whereabouts of the individual, they are urged to immediately contact the Coast Guard Command Center in San Pedro at (310) 521-3805.