The Search For a Missing Swimmer in Torrey Pines, California, Continues
Torrey Pines is a breathtaking beach in San Diego, offering hiking trails, stunning cliffs and captivating ocean views. It has become an increasingly popular vacation spot for both vacationers and locals alike.
30 years have passed since two young women were brutally murdered in this serene location. Both bodies were found unsolved at the same spot, and no one has ever been able to identify who killed them.
Unsolved mystery emerges in Torrey Pines area. A body has been discovered floating off Torrey Pines State Beach and first responders believe it to be that of a swimmer who drowned on Saturday.
Torrey Pines remains one of San Diego’s most picturesque destinations, despite the tragic incident. This park provides breathtaking scenery and is just half an hour from downtown San Diego.
The rugged coastline makes for a great hiking spot and place to cool off in the ocean. Plus, you can watch the sun set over the pacific as you enjoy this peaceful spot.
However, swimming on this beach is not advised due to a lot of rocks in the water that make it hard to see beneath. Lifeguards patrol the area with boats towing sonar equipment that gives them a better view of what lies beneath.
On Tuesday morning, a lifeguard reported someone was in distress in the water between towers 5 and 6. At least nine lifeguard vehicles, a Coast Guard Helicopter, and a Coast Guard marine vessel were involved in searching for this person.
The identity of the swimmer was unknown, but a Coast Guard spokesperson indicated it was an unknown female swimmer believed to be in the water. After searching for approximately an hour, search operations were halted.
California State Parks lifeguards were alerted to the drowning and launched an investigation. They determined that the swimmer went swimming from a beach about one mile south of a lifeguard tower, as reported by FOX 5 News.
State parks lifeguards arrived on the scene to discover that a body had fallen into the water about 200 yards offshore. They discovered their victim’s shoes, clothing and other belongings floating in the ocean.
They also discovered the victim’s cell phone, which was submerged and in her hands. Law enforcement and the medical examiner’s office were notified.
Though the cause of his drowning remains unknown, authorities believe he to have been in his late 50s and wearing shorts, a swim shirt and tennis shoes when he went under.
State parks spokesman Jorge Moreno reported that he was last seen around 6:25 p.m. His family has been holding a vigil at the beach ever since and have asked for local divers to assist in locating his remains.
Rip currents are a frequent hazard in this area, but swimmers have had an especially busy time of year due to sunny and warm temperatures.
Torrey Pines has had a tragic week, with the disappearance of a local high school student on June 14 and Zachee Le’s tragic capture in a rip current on Tuesday as she tried to help another friend in need. On graduation day, Le’s family expressed concern for other students attending Torrey Pines on graduation days.