NEWS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACTS: Lifeguard Chief Jason Young, OC Lifeguards at (949) 276-5050 or JYoung@oclg.org; Lieutenant Jeff Hallock, OC Sheriff’s Dept. at (714) 904-7042 or JHallock@ocsd.org
Search Turned Recovery Effort for Missing Swimmer Continues
DANA POINT, Calif. – (August 23, 2014) – On Saturday, August 23, 2014 at approximately 11:33 a.m. Orange County Lifeguards received a report of a missing swimmer off Salt Creek Beach. The missing swimmer is a 60 year old male who was last seen body surfing in the water, near Tower #2.
An immediate search for the swimmer was initiated by Orange County Lifeguards. Search efforts in the water included assistance from Laguna Beach Lifeguards, State Park Lifeguards. Sheriff’s Harbor Patrol & Dive Team. The Orange County Fire Authority, Anaheim Police Department and the United States Coast Guard assisted the search from the air. Many of the responding agencies assisted with a ground search to confirm the missing swimmer did not make it out of the water. Orange County Lifeguards also deployed jet skis and a snorkel team in an attempt to locate the swimmer.
At approximately 1:03 p.m., approximately 90 minutes following the initial report, the operation is now a recovery effort. Personnel from the Orange County Lifeguards, Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the United States Coast Guard will continue to search until dark.
“Red Flag” conditions continue as a result of a strong south swell, breaking 5-7 feet with strong currents and powerful shore breaks. Swimmer are encouraged to use caution when coming to the beach in the next several days and only experienced swimmers/surfers should enter the water. It is always recommended to check with lifeguards before entering the water.
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