Rescue crews searched the waters near the Venice Fishing Pier early Monday, September 11th, responding to reports that a man had jumped from the pier into the ocean, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Marina del Rey Station officials said.

The sheriff’s department received a call from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Area regarding a man who might have jumped from the Venice pier at about 4 a.m., said Sgt. Chris Tatar of the sheriff’s department Marina Station.

The pier is at the ocean end of Washington Boulevard.

The man, described as approximately 40 years old and possibly from the Venice area, was reportedly “despondent” over a personal matter, Tatar said.

The man was reportedly at the pier at some time during the night, he said.

LAPD officers requested sheriff’s department patrol boats to assist in the search of the surrounding waters and the area below the pier.

The Coast Guard was also called to help search a “one-mile grid” of the area and a helicopter crew assisted with the search, which began before sunrise, Tatar said.

The search proved futile and was called off at about 9 a.m., he said.

The LAPD Pacific Area is conducting a missing person investigation regarding this incident, Tatar said.

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