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Two men presumed drowned

Tourists from Banning were thought to have gotten caught in a riptide south of the pier.

August 30, 2010

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.

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Families of the missing men held a vigil on the beach into the evening.

The men were with a group from the Laos Evangelical Church attending a wedding.

—From KTLA News

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