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Man who leaped into bay remains missing

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Authorities searched in vain Tuesday for a man who went missing after jumping off a bridge into the waters of Mission Bay Channel.

The 24-year-old Chula Vista resident, whose name was not released, was riding in a friend's car on West Mission Bay Drive about 7:30 p.m. Monday when he asked the driver to pull over on a stretch of the roadway that crosses the harbor's ocean inlet, San Diego lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum said.

The passenger, who apparently had been drinking, got out of the vehicle, climbed onto the railing of the span and jumped over the edge, Lerum said. His friend searched for about 20 minutes before making a 911 to report what had happened.

Lifeguards combed the waters and shoreline in the area for about two hours, with help from a police helicopter, before calling off the effort for the night.

The operation resumed about 6 a.m. Tuesday, with divers, personnel aboard boats and a fire-rescue copter crew taking part, Lerum said. Additionally, lifeguards used a sonar machine borrowed from the San Diego Harbor Police Department, and a private company volunteered the use of a remote-controlled underwater vehicle.

Checks of the man's home and other places he frequent also were fruitless, the lieutenant said.

The daylong search, which covered much of the harbor and channel, turned up no sign of the missing man. If he remains unaccounted for, lifeguard personnel plan to continue looking for him from the shores of the bay and by boat over the next several days, Lerum said.

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