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Diver Reported Missing Found Near Santa Monica Pier

Coast guard calls off its search after spotting the man about 200 yards from the pier.

Search and rescue crews found a diver Tuesday evening who was reported missing off the coast of Santa Monica.

The man was being evaluated by an EMT and is conscious, according to U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Adam Eggers.

He was pulled from the water about 5:10 p.m. by lifeguards who spotted him as he attempted to swim ashore about 200 yards from the Santa Monica Pier, Eggers said.

The search began about an hour earlier, when lifeguards contacted the coast guard on a report of a 32-year-old man who went missing while diving off the pier.

"We have a helicopter and a small boat out there," Eggers said while the search was underway. "We don't know if [the man] was scuba diving or free diving or what."

Santa Monica Police Department's harbor patrol and Santa Monica firefighters helped the Coast Guard and Baywatch Redondo in the search, according to police Sgt. Richard Lewis.

A coast guard 45-foot response boat from station Los Angeles-Long Beach and a helicopter from coast guard air station Los Angeles were launched to assist in the search. 

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mimi January 16, 2013 at 06:47 PM
This diver was extremely lucky. The golden rule when scuba diving is: never dive without a buddy.and always keep your buddy within your line of vision. Let's hope he now understands why..
Adam James January 25, 2013 at 12:16 AM
mimi i wasnt lucky, there was no emergency. All i was doing was floating. I have kayaked to all the channel islands solo. You need to know the story before you make a statement..Whats un safe about floating in the water?????Eventually a boat will come by or i swim to shore. Also have you ever hear of the solo diving class. When i was fifteen i swam to Catalina. There was no rescue needed but of course the government needs to make there money, so they all jumped in.
Adam James January 25, 2013 at 12:17 AM
mimi i wasnt lucky, there was no emergency. All i was doing was floating. I have kayaked to all the channel islands solo. You need to know the story before you make a statement..Whats un safe about floating in the water?????Eventually a boat will come by or i swim to shore. Also have you ever hear of the solo diving class. When i was fifteen i swam to Catalina. There was no rescue needed but of course the government needs to make there money, so they all jumped in.

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