SANTA MONICA ( — LA County lifeguards and divers searched the waters near the Santa Monica Pier Saturday in response to a report of a swimmer who was last seen clinging to a pylon near the pier. The search was suspended Saturday afternoon.

At about 3:05 a.m., people walked up to a Santa Monica harbor patrol station and reported that someone was in the water, according to Capt. Brian Jordan of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

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The swimmer was described as a male in black clothing.

Divers and a helicopter were dispatched in the search.

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The effort to locate the swimmer ended at 11:30 a.m., after six different searches, in “different variations,” Jordan said.

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