NEWPORT BEACH — A 17-year-old drowned Thursday when a rip current pulled him more than 250 yards from shore near Newport Beach Pier, authorities said.
Two other swimmers who were with him barely managed to swim back, said Randy Scheerer, a battalion chief for the Newport Beach Fire Department.
Divers and rescuers aboard a Sheriff's Department boat began searching for the missing teen at 2:30 p.m. and continued for more than two hours.
His body washed ashore just after 4:30 p.m., Scheerer said.
The victim, a student at Santa Ana Valley High School, was not identified, pending notification of relatives.
Authorities attribute most beach drownings to rip currents. When water collides at the shore, it can create a strong force, like a river, and pull a swimmer hundreds of yards from the shore.