Park rangers at the Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County plan to continue searching Friday for a Sacramento-area man who was reported missing after he tried to swim across Drakes Estero on Labor Day.
John Dell’Osso, a National Park Service spokesman, said the search for the missing man, whose name has not been released, was scaled back Wednesday . Park rangers continued to walk the beaches and monitor the area from cliffs in hopes of spotting the man, reported to be in his early 20s. Dell’Osso said they hope to bring in divers and dog teams again on Friday.
The National Park Service was notified about 2 p.m. Monday that the swimmer was missing after the man’s companions were rescued.
Dell’Osso said the man was one of four people who had waded across the mouth of Drakes Estero, an inlet from Drakes Bay, earlier in the day. They hiked down the beach, and when they returned, the tide had come in, so they attempted to swim back across the estero. One person completed the approximately quarter-mile crossing, and two others were rescued by surfers, Dell’Osso said. But they lost sight of the fourth person.
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Park rangers, along with the the Marin County sheriff’s search and rescue team and fire department divers, searched the area, with air support from the Coast Guard, until nightfall Monday. The efforts resumed Tuesday, but were scaled back Wednesday. Dell’Osso said air searches had been hampered by fog.