NEWPORT BEACH — The body of a 22-year-old was found Wednesday after he went missing for nearly an hour in the waters off of Newport Beach.
The Alpine resident's body was pulled from the water south of Newport Pier after a massive search. Authorities said he'd been struggling to swim after a wave threw him off his bodyboard about 1:09 p.m. and he appeared to have drowned.
"He wasn't doing well," said Paul Matheis, division chief for the Newport Beach Fire Department. "He started foaming at the mouth and went under."
Witnesses and the man's girlfriend called 9-1-1 after they unsuccessfully tried to keep him afloat in the 3- to 5-foot waves near 18th Street, lifeguards said.
A witness reported the man was bodyboarding when he got wiped out by a wave near the shore, Matheis said.
A surfer got a hold of him three times and tried to pull him above the waterline, but he couldn't maintain his grip when another set came in, he said.