Body found floating in ocean off Mission Beach

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SAN DIEGO — Lifeguards were investigating reports of a body in the ocean off the San Diego coast.

The call came in around 12:15 p.m. Monday. The U.S. Coast Guard was assisting lifeguards and said the male’s body was discovered wrapped in a life jacket floating in the ocean about five nautical miles off the coast of Mission Beach.

The person’s identity was not immediately available.

A few minutes earlier, personnel aboard the USCG cutter Sea Otter had come across an empty life vest drifting in the swells in the same general area, Coast Guard Petty Officer Alex Gray said.

The federal maritime agency, including a crew aboard a Jayhawk helicopter, were searching the ocean in the area for any other victims, with help from San Diego Fire-Rescue Department lifeguards, SDFRD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.

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