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
Salt Creek Beach Swimmer Search/Recovery Effort – UPDATE
DANA POINT, Calif. – (August 24, 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 intense multi-agency search of the water and shoreline immediately ensued, lasting until dark yesterday evening.
The search/recovery effort for the missing swimmer resumed this morning at 6:00 a.m. and includes resources from the Orange County Lifeguards, Orange County Sheriff’s Department and United States Coast Guard. Orange County Lifeguards have deployed a team to search the shoreline and a Dive Team is searching the water near the shore. Sheriff’s Department Harbor Patrol has deployed multiple vessels and is searching the water further off the coastline. The Sheriff’s Dive Team is assessing conditions and expected to continue their search. The United States Coast Guard and the Sheriff’s Department’s helicopter “Duke” is searching and providing support from the air.
The search/recovery effort will continue until 6 p.m. this evening at which time the operation and conditions will be reassessed.
The missing swimmer is not being identified; however, he is a 60 year old male visiting from out of state. He was last seen by family/friends in the water just prior to being reported missing.
“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.
*** Orange County Lifeguard & Orange County Sheriff’s Department PIOs will be available at Salt Creek Beach, near Tower #2
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