Body Found Amid Search for Missing Swimmer Off the Coast of Rancho Palos Verdes

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A man’s body was recovered Tuesday morning during a multi-agency search for a swimmer who was reported missing off the coast of Rancho Palos Verdes the day before, according to authorities.

Authorities respond to Rancho Palos Verdes after a body was found on July 4, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

The body was located around 7:15 a.m. along the shoreline east of the Portuguese Bend Club, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

The discovery was made more than 12 hours after rescue crews began searching an area off the beach of the Trump National Golf Course following a report a possible missing person in the water about 6:53 p.m. Monday, according to a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Witnesses reported seeing the swimmer in distress approximately 100 yards offshore, the Sheriff’s Department said. He was grasping onto a pool toy and calling for help.

One witness on a surfboard attempted to paddle over to the swimmer to help, but could not find him.

Following the report, personnel from the Lomita Sheriff’s Station, Los Angeles County Fire Department, L.A. County Lifeguards and the Coast Guard conducted an intense search of the area. It was called off at nightfall, when conditions became too dangerous.

Authorities began searching the area in the morning.

The swimmer was described as a man in his mid-20s wearing black shorts and black shoes; he had multiple tattoos all over his body.

The Sheriff’s Department said the deceased individual matched the description of the missing swimmer.

Authorities are investigating the incident as a possible drowning.

“This is a tragic reminder of the dangers associated with swimming alone.  Our coastal waters can be treacherous for inexperienced swimmers, and currents are often unpredictable,” sheriff’s officials said in the release. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Coast Guard at 310-521-3801 or the Lomita Sheriff’s Station at 310 539-1661. 

KTLA’s Alberto Mendez contributed to this report.