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U.S. Coast Guard searching for 35-year-old man reported missing near Laguna Beach

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Posted at 3:57 PM, Feb 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-14 19:41:34-05

The U.S. Coast Guard and local partner agencies are searching for a diver that was reported missing Saturday night near Laguna Beach.

According to a news release from the Coast Guard, the diver is reported to be a 35 year-old-man last seen at 9:45 p.m. Saturday, wearing a camouflage wet suit in the vicinity of Crystal Cove State Park.

The missing man's dive partner contacted the Laguna Beach Fire Department who relayed the call to the Coast Guard stating the diver had gone missing, said Coast Guard officials.

Officials said Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Los Angeles-Long Beach, and an MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew from Air Station San Francisco Forward Operating Base Mugu. The Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin also responded to the incident.

California State Parks, Orange County Sheriffs Department and Laguna Beach Lifeguards assisted in the search throughout the night and morning hours, said Coast Guard officials.

Coast Guard air and surface assets remain on scene conducting search and rescue operations, according to the release.