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    Divers Call Off Search For Man Who Jumped Off Redondo Pier

    From wire service reports via The Daily Breeze

    REDONDO BEACH – Divers and a helicopter crew have indefinitely suspended the search for the body of a 22-year-old man who jumped — along with a woman — into the ocean from the Redondo Beach Pier, a county fire dispatcher said.

    A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and Los Angeles County fire department scuba divers searched the area Sunday, said Redondo Beach police Sgt. Shawn Freeman.

    Divers ended their search when darkness fell Sunday night, said dispatch supervisor Michael Pittman, and there is no indication they will resume. The Coast Guard helicopter broke off its search at 1 p.m. Sunday, said Danny Phee, a civilian search and rescue controller.

    Police also went to the Redondo Beach home of the jumper, David Thompson, and held out small hope that he may have made it ashore unseen and spent the night elsewhere.

    Thompson and an unidentified woman leaped off the pier at 11:08 p.m. Saturday, and the woman made it through the surf to the shore. But Thompson was last seen going under a wave and not coming up.

    Firefighters and police officers raced to Horseshoe Beach next to the pier and found the wet woman. She initially told authorities that only she had jumped off the pier, but eventually conceded that a man had actually jumped off the pier with her.

    Firefighters and police officers were joined by county lifeguards and the U.S. Coast Guard, and searched the immediate area for Thompson. The water temperature in the area was 55-59 degrees and the surf was 2-4 feet when the pair jumped off the pier, according to the National Weather Service.

    Paramedics transported the woman, believed to be a resident of Redondo Beach, to Little Company of Mary Hospital for treatment of hypothermia, submersion and intoxication, Freeman said.

    The original story can be found here: UPDATED: Search called off for man who jumped from Redondo Beach pier

    1 Comment

    1. What dumb shits. Thank God this is Darwinism at work. They will possibly make jumping off a pier illegal now?

      Comment by Lynwood Letender — April 16, 2012 @ 9:26 am

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