Search continues for missing Oceanside swimmer

OCEANSIDE (CNS) – The U.S. Coast Guard, along with lifeguards and police, continued their search Monday for a swimmer who had been missing overnight.

At approximately 7:45 p.m., Sunday, Oceanside police and firefighters responded to a report of a swimmer in distress in the ocean off the 300 block of South The Strand, near the Oceanside Pier, said Peter Lawrence, Battalion Chief of the Oceanside Fire Department.

The swimmer was wearing a wet suit and was some 200 yards from the shore when he was reported to be in distress, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Lifeguards searched the shore and coastal waters between the Oceanside Pier and the Encina Power Plant in Carlsbad, using two police boats and two helicopters, Lawrence said. The initial search lasted nearly three hours Sunday night, with the Coast Guard helicopter patrolling the area throughout the night. The search resumed early this morning.

The Coast Guard estimated the swimmer could survive up to 38 hours because he was wearing a wetsuit in the approximately 64-degree water, with waves up to 10 feet and wind speeds of up to 25 miles per hour.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the U.S. Coast Guard at (619) 278-7031.

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