Man Drowns Near Newport Pier

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The body of a swimmer was recovered just south of Newport Pier on the Peninsula Wednesday afternoon.

The victim was a male in his mid-20s who had been swimming between 18th and 19th streets, said Newport Beach Fire Department spokesman Matt Brisbois.

Lifeguards received a call from the 911 dispatch about a missing swimmer in that area at 1:09 p.m., Brisbois said. Immediately after receiving the call, 14 lifeguard rescue swimmers and two lifeguard dive team members responded as well as additional assistance from nearby police, fire and lifeguard teams.

A buoy was dropped at the point where the man was last seen and the rescue teams started a systematic grid search.

The man’s body was pulled from the surf near 20th Street just after 2 p.m., Brisbois said. After unsuccessful resuscitation attempts he was pronounced dead at the scene, Brisbois said.

There was 3- to 5-foot surf at the time of the search.

Authorities have not released the name of the victim.


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