Man feared dead after slipping off Oceanside Pier railing

OCEANSIDE, Calif. -- A 20-year-old man is presumed dead after falling off a railing at the Oceanside Pier Saturday morning and disappearing under water as rescuers tried to reach him, witnesses told police.

Oceanside police and fire personnel responded to a report of a man in the water on the north side of the Oceanside Pier shortly after 3:30 a.m. Witnesses said it appeared the man was trying to take a photo and slipped.

As a rescue boat and a police rescue swimmer drew near, the man -- who was clinging to a pylon -- let go and disappeared beneath the water, according to an Oceanside Fire Department news release.

Rescue personnel, including the U.S. Coast Guard, searched the area for several hours. The victim's identity is being withheld pending family notification, according to Oceanside police.

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