Search canceled for man overboard from Catalina Express boat near Long Beach – Press Telegram
The search for a 24-year-old man who fell or jumped overboard a Catalina Express ship after the boat left Long Beach has been called off and there are no plans to resume immediately on Saturday morning.
The announcement was made Friday at 8:50 p.m. by the US Coast Guard in Los Angeles.
“Pending further updates, the @ USCG has called off the search for a man who fell from a Catalina Island passenger ship off Long Beach after using 22 Guard assets Coast Guard and partner agencies to search over 600 square miles, ”the Coast Guard tweeted.
The man went overboard around 6 p.m. Thursday, according to the Coast Guard, who were looking for him, as did the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Sheriff and the Long Beach Fire Department.
The search involved helicopters and boats, the Coast Guard reported.
“The deckhands actually saw part of it, so when they saw it hit the water, they threw a lifeline and… we’re looking for it,” Greg Bombard, president of Catalina Express, told CBS2.
The man’s grandmother told KTLA5 early Friday afternoon from the Catalina Express dock that his grandson was with his girlfriend and they were on their way to Santa Catalina Island when it is overboard about 40 minutes after the start of the trip.
“He was crying for help but the boat was going too fast,” said Sandra Freedman. “They tried to come back for him, but he was gone.
“I don’t know why they were going to Catalina. I just know they were on the boat and then he dived…. I don’t know why he dived, but I know he didn’t kill himself because he came and… other people said he was waving for help, so it wasn’t It’s not what someone does when they commit suicide, ”she said.
Freedman said his grandson, Keion, lived with his father in the Inland Empire.
“Every time he saw me he would say I love you grandma and always hug me. He was just a sweet person. It would take a lot to make him angry. He was a young man. adorable, ”Freedman said.
“We still hope that… maybe he got caught on a buoy or something.” Our hope is therefore that they find him and that he is well.
The man’s younger sister said, “He was my best friend and we miss him and we just want him to be safe.”