County fire department personnel and lifeguard were searching for a
reported "swimmer in distress'' in the ocean off 1550 Ocean Front Walk in Santa Monica, says county fire Inspector Tony Akins.
The department dispatched
four vessels and a helicopter, along with lifeguard personnel to the scene. But
it turns out the reports of a distressed swimmer made by some paddlers in the
ocean proved to be erroneous and the search effort was being wrapped up as of
8:12 p.m., Akins says.