Diver who went missing found dead off Southern California

October 4, 2022 GMT

AVALON, Calif. (AP) — A diver who went missing off Southern California was found dead near Catalina Island, authorities said.

Justin Hoang, of Huntington Beach, was reported missing from the Cee Ray diving boat around 2 a.m. Monday, according to the Orange County Register.

Officials said the 42-year-old was last seen wearing a black wet suit and diving gear.

Crews with the Coast Guard and Los Angeles County searched for Hoang for much of the day and eventually found his body near the island about 20 miles (32 kilometers) off the mainland.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family, they remain in our thoughts and prayers during this exceptionally difficult time,” Coast Guard Capt. Ryan Manning said in a news release.

Officials did not immediately have information about the circumstances of Hoang’s disappearance.