Rescuers were searching the coast of Venice for a man, reportedly drunk, who jumped off the end of Venice Pier about 2:30 Monday morning.
The jumper was identified as 29-year-old Brian Patrick Dunn of West Hollywood. County lifeguards, with the help of a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and two Coast Guard boats, were searching for the man Monday as a strong south swell sent high surf into the SoCal coastline.
" ... Dunn's car is still in the parking lot, so we know he's either in the water or on the beach somewhere,'' said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. George Kolumbic.
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The man was said to be wearing a t-shirt and shorts when he jumped off the pier, which is at the foot of Washington Boulevard.
Surviving in cool Pacific water for so long without a wetsuit would be difficult. The big waves have helped create strong currents that will complicate the search.
"The currents could have pulled him northwest or out to sea,'' Kolumbic said.
-With reporting from City News Service. Got news? Email us.