HUNTINGTON BEACH — Two young men who disappeared while swimming Saturday are presumed drowned, authorities said Monday.
A search for 24-year-old John Shua Lee and 20-year-old Shao Moua, both of Banning, was called off at sundown Saturday.
Authorities have begun efforts to recover their bodies.
At 2:38 p.m. Saturday, Huntington Beach lifeguards spotted four swimmers having trouble in high surf conditions south of the Huntington Beach Pier, said Huntington Beach Fire Department Spokesman Jeff Lopez.
Lifeguards launched a rescue effort. One male was rescued, while another man swam to shore.
Lee and Moua were apparently caught in a riptide and disappeared.
Fifteen lifeguards and eight California state guards worked together aboard five watercrafts and an Eagle helicopter to search for the men for hours without success.