Rescue crews on scene Sunday night at the Oceano Dunes. (Photo: Ihab Tannous)
State Parks said additional search efforts would resume again at 3:00 p.m. Monday. Officials said due to the time that has passed since the initial report came in, the operation is now considered a search and recovery instead of search and rescue.
Rescue crews are back at the Oceano Dunes Monday morning, continuing the search for a swimmer who was reported to be in distress Sunday night.
Oceano Dunes Captain Kevin Pearce says multiple people reported seeing a swimmer in distress at about 8:00 p.m. Sunday.
Crews were immediately dispatched to the area, but the initial search came up empty, according to Pearce. Lifeguards and rangers then regrouped and did a more organized "line search," Pearce said, starting at the shore and dropping down on their way out. Again, no one was found.
CAL FIRE SLO was called out to assist along with a U.S. Coast Guard boat and helicopter.
The search ended at about 12:30 a.m., but picked back up again Monday morning by State Parks officials.
As of 1:00 a.m. Monday, Pearce said no 911 calls had been received from anyone saying they were missing a family member or friend.
Pearce also said that later Sunday night, rangers observed multiple dolphins and other marine mammals in the area of the search.
While they are moving forward with the search and recovery efforts, Pearce says they are hopeful that the report of a swimmer in distress was not what was actually seen.