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Redondo Beach search called off; man missing after couple jumps off pier

April 15, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man who jumped into the ocean from the Redondo Beach Pier on Saturday night remains missing.

Rescuers fanned out across the water after receiving reports of a couple in their 20s jumping from the pier just after 11 p.m. Crews were continuing their search for the man, identified as 22-year-old David Thompson, on Sunday morning. By Sunday night, the search had ended and there was no indication wether it would resume Monday.

According to authorities, the couple dared each other to jump saying "let's do something crazy." The water temperature in the area was 55-59 degrees and the surf 2-4 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

The woman made it to shore in the Horseshoe Beach area of the pier and was taken to the hospital. She was treated for hypothermia, submersion and intoxication, but was expected to be OK.

Redondo Beach police and fire crews, with help from Los Angeles County lifeguards and the U.S. Coast Guard, searched for Thompson until 3 a.m. The search resumed at daybreak Sunday. A dive team from the Los Angeles County Fire Department joined the search.


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