Photo of Recovery Workers at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point by South OC Beaches (8-24-14)
The Orange County Sheriffs Department have suspended efforts for today in search of the missing swimmer. The Sheriffs Department has said that “The 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 yesterday, August 23 2014 at 11:33 am. The Orange County Sheriffs Department had terminated dive efforts in the early afternoon today. This afternoon they focused their surface observations and air support.
The Orange County Sheriffs Department issued a statement yesterday about the missing swimmer at Salt Creek Beach located in Dana Point.
In part the statement stated that ” On Saturday August 23 2014 at approx. 11:33am 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 Lifeguard Tower 2.”
The Orange County Lifeguards led the initial search. Next there was a multi agency search. Lifeguards from Orange County, Laguna Beach and the California State Park helped in the search. Lifeguards used jet skis and their snorkel team as tools in the search. The Sheriffs Harbor Patrol and Dive Team also searched the area. Orange County Fire Authority assisted as well. Anaheim Police and the United States Coast Guard supplied support from the air.
South OC Beaches was on the scene today witnessing the various search attempts. There was a Command Center at Life Guard Tower 2 at Salt Creek Beach. We saw search boats and two helicopters searching at the point just north of the exclusive Ritz Cove Residences.
The Orange County Lifeguards, Orange County Sheriffs Department and the United States Coast Guard searched until dark.
The National Weather Service has issued a Beach Advisory for this weekend for Orange County. Strong rip currents and high surf advisories for the Orange County Beaches. To view the complete advisory please link here. http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=sgx&wwa=high%20surf%20advisory
We will try to keep you updated.
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