Divers resume search for missing swimmer near LA

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Updated: 7/11 9:52 am

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) — Divers have resumed searching a small, rocky ocean cove near Los Angeles for a 19-year-old man who disappeared while swimming with friends.

Los Angeles County sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida says the search started again just after dawn Friday at Abalone Cove in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Some 20 divers are hunting for Joseph Sanchez. Friends of the Long Beach man told authorities they were jumping into the churning water to explore a cave when he started yelling for help Wednesday afternoon.

The water was too rough for them to reach him.

Toogee Zepeda, one of the people who was in the water with the man, said a friend threw the man a rope, but he was unable to grab it.

The area has dangerous waves and riptides but online videos of people jumping off rocks there have increased its popularity.

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