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Teen boy drowns at Mission Beach; authorities search for body

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A lifeguard spotted a struggling swimmer among a trio in the water off Jersey Court; lifeguards rescued two teens, but a third drowned

A teenage boy drowned Tuesday afternoon at Mission Beach, prompting a largescale but unsuccessful rescue effort by lifeguards and Coast Guard personnel who continued searching for the boy’s body Tuesday night, officials said.

Lifeguards rescued two other teen swimmers who were with the boy who drowned, but the victim went under the water and never resurfaced, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesperson Mónica Muñoz said.

It happened about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the water off Jersey Court, a few blocks north of Belmont Park and the main Mission Beach parking lots, Muñoz said in a statement.

A lifeguard watching the beach in that area spotted a group of swimmers and, after noting that one appeared to be struggling, radioed for other lifeguards to move into the area for a possible rescue, according to Muñoz. The lifeguards pulled the other two teens from the water, but the victim submerged and disappeared.

Lifeguards “immediately called for more resources to search the area,” including a Fire-Rescue Department helicopter and lifeguards in the water, on personal watercraft, boats and surfboards, Muñoz said. After a 75-minute search, lifeguards “deemed this a recovery effort.”

As of 7:30 p.m., a Coast Guard helicopter had joined the search along with a Coast Guard cutter and lifeguard boat that were using sonar technology to scour the water.

Muñoz said lifeguards were expected to suspend their search and recovery efforts around 8 p.m. Tuesday, when the sun set, and then reconvene Wednesday morning. Southern California Coast Guard officials tweeted that the cutter Robert Ward and its crew would remain in the area overnight to continue the search.

Updates

9:34 a.m. June 15, 2022: This story was updated with additional information from the U.S. Coast Guard.


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