Search for man overboard off Long Beach coast continues

A search for a man who fell overboard from the Catalina Island passenger ship off the coast of Long Beach continued Friday morning, with roughly 100 personnel scouring a large expanse of water.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department received a call shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday about a man who had either fallen from or jumped off the Catalina Express when it was about three miles off the coast.

The missing man was not located overnight, and the search picked up at dawn Friday, L.A. County Fire Department spokesperson Jonathan Matheny said.

Aircraft and boats dispatched by multiple agencies, including the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Enforcement Bureau, were actively combing an “enormous area,” Matheny said, noting the search zone could entail more than 100 square miles of ocean.

Also joining in the search were L.A. and Ventura county fire departments, the Long Beach Fire Department, the U.S. Coast Guard, L.A. County Lifeguards and L.A. County Harbor Patrol.

“This is a full-court press,” Matheny said Friday. “We’re doing everything we can to find this individual.”

Details about the circumstances of the incident are still under investigation, and a description of the man indicated only that he was wearing a white sweatshirt.

Catalina Express ferries are one of the main means of transporting residents and visitors to and from Catalina Island, located about 22 miles from Long Beach.

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