Update Catalina Express: Family continues to look for missing man, as authorities call off search
Authorities have called off the search for 24-year-old Keion Dade who fell overboard from the Catalina Express ship in Long Beach harbor. The family is creating its own search team and inviting local boat owners and divers to join them in scouring the waterways, per LB Post.
Where things stand:
According to the AP, U.S. Coast Guard was leading the search for a 24-year-old Keion Dade who reportedly jumped or fell from the Catalina Express ship about three miles into the ship's journey at 6.p.m Thursday.
NBC LA is reporting that a lifesaver tossed to Dade washed up at Huntington Beach.
Long Beach Fire Department spokesperson Brian Fisk told KTLA that passengers observed a man leaping off the boat.
The USCG said on Twitter they employed "22 Coast Guard and partner agency assets to search more than 600 square miles."
What they're saying:
Dade's grandmother told KTLA, "He did come back up," and that Dade "was hollering for help but the boat was going too fast. They made a circle and when they came back he was gone."
According to Catalina Express president Greg Bombard, deckhands watched a man go overboard from the stern of the Catalina Express.