Lifeguards and police dive teams are scheduled to continue recovery efforts for an 18-year-old man who drowned and submerged swimming off the coast of Mission Beach.
According to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokeswoman Mónica Muñoz, the young man was among several swimmers who began having trouble staying afloat Tuesday in the water near Jersey Court at about 3:30 p.m., near the main Mission Beach parking lots. Lifeguards near tower 16 were able to rescue two swimmers in the group but were unable to locate the third.
Muñoz said the operation became a recovery effort after 75 minutes of searching.
Search efforts began Tuesday with teams that included personnel with the U.S. Coast Guard to comb the sea until about 7:30 p.m. A Wednesday morning search involved three lifeguard rescue vessels and scuba personnel, for a total of 18 personnel combing the ocean for remains. San Diego Police dive and helicopter teams aided the operation, according to a statement.
Search efforts on Thursday include personnel aboard boars using side-scan sonars, according to authorities. As of Thursday morning, the U.S. Coast guard and partner agencies have searched for over 36 hours, covering 156 square miles, with no signals of the missing young man, according to USCG officials in a statement.
Authorities have not released the victim’s name.