The Los Angeles County Fire Department and the US Coast Guard crew, along with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, resumed the search from the first light of Friday after searching Thursday night.
Officials reported that the high-speed catamaran headed for Santa Catalina Island, causing the man to fall from the Jetcat Express, about three miles off the coast, around 6 pm Thursday.
The boat is operated by Catalina Express. The company’s president, Greg Bomberd, told reporters that deckers saw a man outboard from the stern.
“They threw a life-saving float when they saw him hit the water,” he said.
Bomberd said he didn’t know if the man jumped or fell off the boat.
“People saw him pass by, so we’ll see the footage we have and understand it,” Bomberd said. “No one has jumped that way or collapsed that way.”
The ferry, carrying about 150 passengers, returned to Long Beach and the passengers were transferred to another boat to continue their journey to the island.
Passengers scheduled to board the ferry on Friday told Witness News that they were shocked to hear the incident.
“Did you try to understand how he fell because the rails were so high and higher than your hips? Or maybe he fell down trying to sit on the rails and take a picture.” Wendy Griffin said. ..
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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