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Coast Guard calls off search for missing swimmer

September 1, 2011 | 12:56 pm

Coast Guard calls off search for missing swimmer
Big waves near the Los Angeles-Orange County line may have claimed a body boarder.

The U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday called off a search for Jowayne Bindford, 24, of Long Beach, who had gone missing off Surfside, a gated enclave between Seal Beach and Sunset Beach.

Bindford, according to an alert from the Coast Guard, was last spotted on his board 200 yards offshore at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

A Coast Guard helicopter dispatched from Los Angeles and a response boat from Long Beach spent nine hours scouring Seal Beach, Sunset Beach and Huntington Beach. Bindford’s family kept vigil along the coast, according to the Orange County Register.

The Coast Guard said it would resume the search if new information about Bindford became available.

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Photo: Coast Guard looks for missing body boarder before the search was called off. Credit: KTLA-TV

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