Coast Guard suspends its search for missing boy off Ventura County

Ventura County, Calif – The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search at 6:20 p.m. this evening for the 16-year old boy who was washed into the ocean off of Mugu Rock.

Two Coast Guard rescue boats from Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor and one Coast Guard rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles responded. They searched 319 mi. of ocean in a 44 sq. mi. area. Coast Guard crews worked in conjunction with rescuers from Ventura County Fire Department, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, and Los Angeles County Lifeguards.

According to the National Weather Service, high surf advisories remain in effect for the Southern California coast through Sunday. There is increased danger of being washed off jetties and rocks. The Coast Guard advises the public to be aware of surf conditions and avoid venturing out on jetties and rocks along the shore during this time.

When the Coast Guard suspends a search, it means no rescue crews will be actively searching. Searches can resume if information is received that leads the Coast Guard to believe the search should continue.

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