The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday called off its own search for an Army soldier pulled out to sea off a Southern California beach as other crews continued looking for him, KNBC reports.
Friends and family members identified the man as 25-year-old D.J. Jeffries of Hawthorne, KCBS reported. Jeffries was with friends in the water off Manhattan Beach when they said they lost sight of him Tuesday afternoon.
He was about 50 yards into the water at the time, Los Angeles County Fire Department lifeguard specialist Lidia Barillas told KTLA-TV.
Helicopter crews, divers and lifeguards quickly scoured the area. Lifeguards from Redondo Beach and crews from the Los Angeles County Fire Department assisted in the search.
"Just pray -- that's all I can say. There are no words I can say to show what we're all going through right now," the soldier's friend Edwin Rivas told KNBC.