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Tsunami: Search called off for man swept out to sea

March 11, 2011 |  8:11 pm

The Coast Guard on Friday night called off its search for a 25-year-old man who was swept out to sea while taking pictures of tsunami waves that hit the California coast.

The man, whose name has not been released, was taking photos near the mouth of the Klamath River in Crescent City, just south of the Oregon border, when he was swept into the Pacific Ocean, Coast Guard officials said.

Searchers in boats and helicopters scoured more than 250 square miles of ocean before the search was suspended.

Meanwhile, officials in Santa Cruz and Crescent City lifted evacuation orders Friday afternoon and evening as the storm surge died down, allowing residents to return to their homes.

The strong surge capsized boats, sent navigational buoys adrift and caused other damage from Crescent City to Santa Catalina Island, officials said.

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-- Scott Glover

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