A Coast Guard helicopter. Courtesy Department of Defense
A Coast Guard helicopter. Courtesy Department of Defense

The body of a diver who went missing while free- diving off the coast of Palos Verdes was found Saturday.

The body was found at about 12:30 p.m., the sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau reported, adding that the investigation surrounding the circumstances of the diver’s initial disappearance was still ongoing.

An approximate location of where the body was found was not immediately known.

The initial search began at about 8:20 p.m. Friday near 1308 Palos Verdes Drive West when the owner of a boat the diver was using called the county fire department, L.A. County Lifeguard Capt. Kenichi Haskett said.

“The boat was docked in King Harbor in Redondo Beach and he called our Hermosa Beach lifeguard station to report it being overdue,” Haskett said. “He told us he had given it to a man on Thursday, who wanted to do some diving offshore.”

Haskett said the county lifeguards then notified the U.S. Coast Guard and began searching for the missing man and the boat.

“We found the boat, an 18-foot motorboat, about a mile offshore near Palos Verdes,” he continued. “We also found a red buoy in the water by the boat.”

The fire department sent two divers into the water where the buoy was located, but Haskett said visibility was very limited and they couldn’t find the diver. The boat was towed back to shore, he said.

The search resumed at 8 a.m. Saturday and a helicopter was brought in to help.

— City News Service

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