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Missing Jet Skier Found Off Coast of Long Beach Dies at Hospital

The man was taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

U.S. Coast Guard crews, Orange County Sheriff's deputies and lifeguards found a 20-year-old man who went missing Sunday after he was riding a Yamaha jet ski in the waters off of Long Beach, but the man was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later, according to authorities.

The search for the missing man, identified as Jean Carlos Cheryl, began about 10:48 a.m. when a friend of Cheryl's reported him missing to the Coast Guard. Cheryl was last seen in Long Beach about 9:50 a.m. and was expected in Catalina Island later in the day, officials said.

Cheryl was found at approximately 7:45 p.m. about 8.1 nautical miles southeast of the Long Beach lighthouse, the Coast Guard said.

The man was hoisted into a helicopter, taken to Long Beach Airport and moved to Long Beach Memorial Hospital in critical condition, where he was later pronounced dead, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The search involved Coast Guard Cutters Blacktip, Hawksbill and a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco Forward Operating Base Point Mugu MH-65 Dolphin helicopter.

Earlier in the day, the crew aboard a Coast Guard helicopter reported seeing a red and black jet ski Cheryl was reportedly using in the waters off of Long Beach.

Long Beach firefighters and lifeguards from Long Beach and Seal Beach assisted in the search for the missing man.

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