Los Angeles County lifeguards rescued an 18-year-old man from the ocean after he jumped off the Venice Fishing Pier late Tuesday, October 17th, Los Angeles City Fire Department officials said.
The man was taken to Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center Marina Campus in the Marina del Rey area, where he was treated for hypothermia, fire department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.
No other injuries were reported.
Firefighters and lifeguards were called to the Venice Pier, at the end of Washington Boulevard, at 11:09 p.m., regarding reports that a man had jumped fully clothed from the pier into the water, Humphrey said.
Two lifeguard boats also responded to assist in the search and rescuers located the man, who was holding on to a pylon offshore, at 11:16 p.m., he said.
Lifeguards retrieved the man from the water and brought him to shore, where paramedics performed warming measures before taking him to the hospital, Humphrey said.
It was unclear how long he had been in the water.
After being rescued from the ocean, the man was “quite cold” and his teeth were chattering so much that it was difficult for rescuers to understand him, Humphrey said.
When asked by officials why he had jumped from the pier, the man reportedly told them that he “wanted to see what it would be like,” Humphrey said.