Person swept off rocks south of Carmel

CARMEL, CA

The cousin of the person who was swept away notified park officials and then rangers reported the incident to the Coast Guard at 12:50 a.m. and a search effort was launched, Petty Officer Jonathan Cilley said.

A Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station San Francisco arrived in the area at 2:09 a.m. and a 47-foot motor lifeboat from their station in Monterey arrived at 5 a.m. to search for the missing person.

Firefighters from Big Sur were searching area beaches along with state park rangers to see if anyone washed ashore, Cilley said.

As of about 8:30 a.m., no one had been located, he said.

The park, which is 2 miles south of the unincorporated Monterey County community of Lucia, is off of state Highway 1.

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