Search Near Santa Monica Pier for Missing Swimmer Ends, missing man found in a parking structure
Young man said to have jumped off Pier after argument with twin brother; swam to shore.
August 15, 2016
[[Update] At 11:25 p.m., authorities announced that they had found the "missing" man safe in a nearby parking structure. No one saw him leave the water and there was no information on how he got to the structure.
Los Angeles County lifeguards were reportedly searching for a 25-year-old who jumped off the Santa Monica pier around 8 PM Sunday evening. The man jumped off the pier after an argument with his twin brother. LA County lifeguard boats were searching for the man as of 10 PM. Santa Monica Police Department helicopters are also involved. Both men had been drinking.
County lifeguard divers put on wetsuits and were prepared to enter the water to search for the man, when the search was suddenly called off for the evening. As of 11 PM, lifeguards say they will not search tonight and will resume the search at dawn tomorrow. There are many underwater obstructions near the pier, and swimming there at night is not for the faint of heart.
The man's identity has not yet been released.
The much smaller Venice Pier, which has no buildings and is a fishing pier, is 2 miles south of the Santa Monica pier. On July 4th, a young man jumped off the pier. His friends reported him missing. After a search, the man turned out to be at home--he swam out of the water, walked home and took a nap. http://www.smobserved.com/story/2016/07/04/news/coast-guard-county-lifeguards-search-for-man-who-jumped-off-venice-pier/1561.html
The Santa Monica Pier is a large double-jointed pier located at the foot of Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica, 4 blocks from the last Expo Line train station. With an iconic entrance, the pier is popular with residents and visitors as a landmark that is over 100 years old.
Since the addition of the Expo Line in May, the number of people coming to the Pier has greatly increased; so much so that the well funded Santa Monica Police Department have contracted with the LA County Sheriff's Department to provide additional officers every weekend.
There are many places to drink in and around the pier, and on a per capita basis, the Pier is the center of criminal activity in Santa Monica. More people means more crime.