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Rescuers searching for West Hollywood man who jumped off Venice Pier

July 5, 2010 | 12:16 pm

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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