Crews with the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard along with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department resumed the search beginning at first light Friday after searching throughout the night Thursday.
The man was reported to have fallen from the Jet Cat Express around noon. 18 Thursday about three miles off the coast as the high-speed catamaran set course for the island of Santa Catalina, authorities said.
The boat is operated by Catalina Express. The company’s president, Greg Bombard, told reporters that deckhands saw the man go overboard from the ship̵
“When they saw him hit the water, they threw a life ring over it,” he said.
Bombard said he did not know if the man jumped or fell off the boat.
“People saw him go over the page, so we look at the footage we have and we find out,” Bombard said. “We’ve never had anyone jump over like that or topple over like that.”
The ferry, which carried about 150 passengers, returned to Long Beach, and the passengers were transferred to another boat to continue the trip to the island.
Passengers boarding the ferry on Friday told Eyewitness News they were shocked to hear about the incident.
“I know the rails are so high, taller than the waist high, so I was trying to figure out how he fell over? Or maybe he was sitting on the rail trying to take a picture and he fell over,” Wendy Griffin said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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