Coast Guard suspends search for missing diver near Long Beach

Coast Guard file photo

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – The Coast Guard suspended the search for a missing diver in the vicinity of Long Beach Saturday evening.

The Coast Guard and partner agencies searched for approximately four hours covering nearly 36 square nautical miles. At sunset, the search was suspended pending further developments.

The missing individual is a male in his mid-fifties approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., a crewmember aboard a commercial dive vessel reported to Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach command center watchstanders of a diver who went into an uncontrolled descent near Platform Elly approximately 7.5 miles offshore.

Watchstanders launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Forward Operating Base Mugu and a Coast Guard Station Los Angeles-Long Beach 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew to search for the diver.

Assisted with the search are crews from:

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Air Rescue 5 helicopter
  • Los Angeles County Fire Helicopter and Boats
  • Long Beach Fire Department Rescue boats

The water is approximately 270 feet deep at the location of the dive.

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