The search for a 45-year-old Newport Beach man whose skiff was found a quarter mile off Santa Catalina Island early Sunday morning was suspended Monday, according to a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman who said too much time had elapsed for the victim to still be alive.
The nearly 24-hour search for Frank Cipriano, last seen wearing a polo shirt and board shorts, was called off at 9:55 a.m. Monday after numerous search-and-rescue boats and more than a dozen helicopter flights tried unsuccessfully to find him, said Jim Hiltz, a command center chief for the U.S. Coast Guard in San Pedro's Terminal Island.
"It's not a thing of 'giving up,'" Hiltz said. "When we received the report that he was missing at 9:55 a.m. Sunday, we launched a number of assets: boats, aircraft, dive teams and a land-based search. Essentially, we had three Coast Guard cutters searching for roughly 24 hours."