Posted by on February 2, 2018
Categories: Bay Area

(by Janis Mara) – The Coast Guard called off its search Thursday for a man reported missing in the water near Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove, the agency said.

Good Samaritans spotted a man waving his arms and yelling for help in the water Wednesday evening, and crews from several agencies sprang into action, searching for 20 hours and covering 116 square miles.

Coast Guard crews from Station Monterey, Air Station San Francisco and the Coast Guard Cutter Tern led the search.

The Pacific Grove Police Department, Monterey Fire Department and Monterey Police Department assisted them as they searched in vain for the man, reported to be wearing a white shirt with orange accents.

Though the man wasn’t found, the Coast Guard mission controller for the case praised the response.

“Although the missing person’s identity is unknown, we appreciate the prompt report made by a good Samaritan that allowed emergency response agencies to launch a search,” said Cmdr. Jennifer Stockwell, the mission