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Rescuers searching for West Hollywood man who jumped off Venice Pier

Emergency rescue workers were searching Monday morning for a 31-year-old West Hollywood man who disappeared after he jumped into the ocean from the Venice Pier.

Brian Patrick Dunn was "highly intoxicated" when he leaped into the water fully clothed around 2:30 a.m., U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jim Hiltz said. A high surf advisory was in effect at the time.

"It's really rough seas," Hiltz said. "There are significantly larger swells than there are normally. Witnesses actually saw him jump into the face of this breaking surf."

While Coast Guard crews and Los Angeles County lifeguards searched the water, officers with the Los Angeles Police Department looked for the missing man on land, Hiltz said.

-- David Zahniser

 
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How cruel! We have no idea who he was or what his intentions were. No need to be snippy against the WeHo folk. He was a person, just as you and I are.

In response to a posted comment. I know the jumpers family this is a tragic day for them, they are devastated!!with overwhelming grief. I dont give a hoot from wehoo to timbucktoo its a shame, thats all it is a shame.

I knew Brian. He was a great guy and always had the best intentions. It's a shame he had to go out because of a bad druken decision. My condolences to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed. RIP pal.

-RTZ

For what it's worth, he was VERY much straight. you people are disgusting.

Yeah, i grew up with him. He was always doing the right thing. Quiet, yet funny! Played sports. Just an all around good, genuine warm hearted person. For someone to say a stupid comment like the one i read here about him, its that person I wonder why God hasnt taken instead of taking a great humanbeing like Brian! God bless ur soul Dunny! We will all miss u!

So sad to see. I played baseball, basketball and tennis with Brian from a young age. Hate to see this happen to such a great guy. We'll all remember you Brian. Rest in peace.

Brian was one of my best friends. I am appalled that people can take joy in the death of another human being. Brian brought joy to the life of everyone he knew and he will be missed terribly.

Darwin did strike again because you hateful idiots will never have the pleasure of having someone like Brian in your lives. Instead, you can post hateful things about tragedies. I love you B-Dunn and I'll never forget you.

brian and i were coworkers in philadelphia. he always brought a touch of humor to a rather boring work day. when i think of brian i recall his passion for philadelphia sports, especially the eagles. i also remember how he would often carry a copy of the philadelphia metro and proudly display his brother's most recent article. i am extremely saddened to hear this news. my thoughts and prayers are with his family.

BRYAN WAS A FRIEND OF MY BROTHERS, WHO WAS THERE THE NIGHT THIS INCIDENT TOOK PLACE. WHY IS IT ALL YOU HEAR ABOUT IS THAT HE WAS DRINKING, MANY PEOPLE JUMP OFF THAT PIER HE WAS JUST ONE THAT NEVER CAME BACK UP WHICH IS SO SAD. HE WAS A GREAT GUY....HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE DEVISTATED BY THIS AND YOU HAVE COMMENTS THAT ARE OUT OF CONTROL......A FAMILY LOST THEIR CHILD, BROTHER AND MANY OTHER RELATIVES... THIS IS A VERY SAD STORY AND I THINK THE SEARCH SHOULD CONTINUE AND THE COMMENTS OF BEING INTOXICATED ARE OUT OF CONTROL,,,,HE WAS A GOOD MAN AND NOONE DESERVES ANYTHING LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN TO THEM..PEOPLE NEED TO START SHOWING RESPECT TOWARDS THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND PRAY FOR THEM AT THIS TIME INSTEAD OF PUTTING COMMENTS THAT ARE UNEXCEPTABLE....KEEP YOUR NASTY COMMENTS TO YOURSELF BECAUSE NOONE THAT KNEW BRYAN SHOULD HAVE TO HEAR ANY OF THIS!! BRIAN

It looks like the L.A. Times did the right think and removed the disgusting and disrespectful posts about this tragedy. I attended Brian's memorial last night and it was filled with love for a person who touch so many hearts. My life is better for having known such a great human being. RIP, Brian, make God laugh.
E-A-G-L-E-S...EAGLES!


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