Man Who Jumped Off CA Pier Found In Unlikely Place

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Manhattan Beach Pier, CaliforniaManhattan Beach Pier, California

A 23-year-old man from Oklahoma, who was reported missing after jumping off a pier in Manhattan Beach, California, has been found.

On July 22 at around 2:30 a.m., two men jumped off the pier to go swimming, KNBC reports. When one of the men made it to shore and could not locate his friend, he called 911.

An overnight search and rescue effort, of which more than 20 lifeguards, firefighters and police officers were involved, was called off when the missing man was found at a nearby Ralphs grocery store.

The man was located after he called his friend around 5 a.m. from the Ralphs store, which is about 1.5 miles from the beach, according to The Beach Reporter. He used a store employee’s phone to make the call.

“…The missing adult male has been located on land with no injuries. #MBPD has taken him into custody,” the Los Angeles County Fire Department Lifeguard Division tweeted at around 7:45 a.m.

The Manhattan Beach Police Department said both men appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, KNBC reports.

They may face misdemeanor charges since it is illegal to jump off a pier.

“It is illegal to jump off any of the piers in L.A. County,” lifeguard Capt. Kenichi Haskett told The Beach Reporter. “You will be fined and can serve jail time. We do not encourage people to jump off any of the piers.”

Sources: KNBC, Los Angeles County Fire Department Lifeguard Division/Twitter, The Beach Reporter / Photo credit: demxx/Flickr

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