Rescue crews look for drowned teen in Mission Beach

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Lifeguards and police dive teams were still searching Wednesday for a swimmer who went missing near Tower 16 in Mission Beach.

KUSI’s Elizabeth Alvarez was out at Mission Beach with more details on recovery efforts.

San Diego Fire & Rescue Department lifeguards spotted a group of swimmers with one individual who appeared to be in distress near Jersey Court at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Two unidentified teenagers were rescued, while a male victim did not surface, according to Monica Munoz, the communications manager for SDFD.

Search efforts, including aid from the U.S. Coast Guard, continued until about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, when the incident was upgraded to a recovery effort, Munoz said.

As of 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, lifeguards had three rescue vessels and rescue water craft conducting scuba searches using sonar equipment, for a total of 18 personnel assigned to the effort. The San Diego Police Department dive and helicopter teams were also aiding in the search.

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The U.S. Coast Guard joined lifeguards in searching for a teenage boy who might have drowned in Mission Beach, emergency responders said Wednesday.

Recovery efforts continued as of 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday for a boy in his teens who submerged and did not resurface, according to the San Diego Fire & Rescue Department.

At around 3:30 p.m., a lifeguard radioed for backup after spotting a swimmer who appeared to be in distress among a group in an areas near Jersey Court. Two unidentified teenagers were rescued, while the male victim did not surface, according to Monica Munoz, the communications manager for SDFD. The department dispatched a helicopter and other water vessels to aid in the search for the missing boy.

After more than an hour of searching, the incident was deemed a recovery effort, Munoz said.

At around 7:30 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard deployed services — including a helicopter and cutter — to look for the victim.

“The recovery effort will continue until the sun goes down Tuesday,” Munoz said. “Lifeguards will reconvene Wednesday morning.”

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