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Coast Guard renews search for swimmer lost off La Jolla

February 27, 2011 | 10:30 am

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a 53-year-old Massachusetts man who went swimming off La Jolla on Saturday afternoon and is now missing, officials in San Diego said.

The Coast Guard launched a helicopter, a 33-foot response boat and an 87-foot cutter Sunday morning to search for Jim Repeta, who was last seen swimming from Scripps Pier toward La Jolla Shores.

The Coast Guard, San Diego lifeguards and San Diego Fire-Rescue Department personnel began the search  Saturday night after friends reported that Repeta was an hour overdue.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego