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Body of Drowning Victim Found Near Pier

July 21, 2001|From Times Staff Reports

Searchers found the body of man who drowned near the Manhattan Beach pier Friday, authorities said.

The man, who was not identified, was swimming with a friend, said lifeguard Capt. Philip Topar.

The friend was caught in a rip current about 4:40 p.m., and a lifeguard spotted him.

"He told the lifeguard that he thought his buddy was out there with him," Topar said.

About 20 lifeguards, along with a dive team and rescue boats, began searching the area. Coast Guard and county Fire Department helicopters joined in.

At 5:55 p.m., a helicopter crew spotted the body on the ocean floor at a depth of about 8 feet 100 yards north of the pier.

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