Diver missing off coast of La Jolla in same area where swimmer disappeared

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A man scuba-diving off a charter boat in the ocean near La Jolla went missing Monday, prompting a search of the seas in the area by lifeguards and Coast Guard personnel.

The 55-year-old man was reported overdue in returning to the commercial vessel following a group dive about 1:30 p.m., San Diego lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum said.

Lifeguard divers searched the waters around the charter craft, which was anchored about a mile west of Bird Rock, and the U.S. Coast Guard sent a boat and a helicopter crew to aid in the search.

On Sunday, the federal maritime agency called off a search for a 54-year- old swimmer who disappeared in the same general area.

James Repetto of Massachusetts went missing Saturday afternoon after setting out by himself on a swim from Scripps Pier to La Jolla Shores and back.

A 20-hour search by sea, air and land turned up no sign of Repetto, and the Coast Guard suspended the effort in the mid-afternoon Sunday.

At the time of his disappearance, Repetto was awaiting sentencing in his home state in connection with a kickback scheme that defrauded a fruit-juice company and netted him and a co-defendant about $1.3 million, according to federal prosecutors.

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