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A Coast Guard helicopter. Photo credit: OnScene.TV

A search was underway Monday for a diver reported missing near Santa Catalina Island, southwest of Los Angeles, authorities said.

“The dive vessel Cee Ray contacted Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach watchstanders using VHF Channel 16 at 2:10 a.m. (Monday) to report a missing diver,” the U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement.

“Watchstanders launched an Air Station San Diego MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, Air Station San Francisco Forward Operating Base MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, Station Los Angeles-Long Beach 29-foot response boat crew, and the Coast Guard Cutter Narwhal,” the statement said.

In a Twitter post shared Monday afternoon, the Coast Guard updated that the diver is reported to be 42-year-old Justin Hoang from Huntington Beach.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Coast Guard at 310-521-3801.

City News Service contributed to this article.





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