A helicopter flies above the Pacifica coastline, searching for a missing swimmer on March 26, 2019.

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Authorities Identify Swimmer Who Vanished In Pacifica

Megan Goldsby
March 26, 2019 - 8:29 am

PACIFICA — Coast Guard rescue crews were scouring the coast this morning searching for a swimmer who went missing early on Tuesday. 

The 28-year-old man, identified by Pacific Police as Tyler Collins of Merced County, went missing around 3:30 a.m. while swimming with two friends near the Lighthouse Hotel.

The two friends said they were able to escape from rough water near Rockaway Beach. They were about 50 feet from shore when they realized that Collins was missing. 

"Obviously, they're very upset," Pacifica Police Capt. Joe Spanheimer said to KCBS Radio "They personally searched for him and we're trying to work with them." 

A sign on the beach warns of "recurring rip currents." 

The Coast Guard has sent a motor lifeboat and a helicopter to look for the lost swimmer. 

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Collins is 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 160 pounds with brown hair. He was wearing black boxer shorts while swimming, police said. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.