Missing Diver ID'd as Rebecca Weiss

Law enforcement agencies are searching for Rebecca Weiss, who never returned after going free diving off the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Editor's note: This story was originally published at 3:10 p.m. Aug. 12. It has since been updated multiple times.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and area lifeguards continued their search Monday for a woman who went snorkeling off the coast of Rancho Palos Verdes on Saturday.

The Marina del Rey woman, identified Monday as Rebecca Weiss, 50, planned to go snorkeling alone near the ; however, when she did not return as planned by 5 p.m., her husband contacted the sheriff's department late Saturday night, according to a news release Sunday from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Her husband went to the area where she planned to dive, but he was unable to find her, according to LASD spokeswoman Nicole Nishida. He did find her car parked nearby and her belongings on the beach.

According to Shareen Ghabrial, who lives above the search area, a sheriff's deputy at Vanderlip Park told neighbors that the woman was a frequent snorkeler and very experienced.

Weiss—who officials described as a 5-foot-5-inch, 115-pound Asian woman with black hair and brown eyes—was last seen leaving her residence in the 13000 block of Marina Pointe Drive in Marina del Rey, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau. She was wearing her wet suit, and she left her home in a black 2006 BMW X5, California license No. 5UEJ690.

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A Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station Los Angeles and a response boat from Station Los Angeles-Long Beach assisted with the search Sunday, in addition to a Coast Guard cutter from Corona del Mar, according to the Coast Guard. A Baywatch Cabrillo boat crew and an LASD helicopter searched during the night.

"On that first night ... it was quite a site," Ghabrial said. "Our homes here were fully illuminated by the helicopters and the frantic sounds of the workers in their boats directly below us. It was very busy here and very intense."

"That had continued through the night with just a short break of silence in the early morning."

Four divers from Baywatch Marina del Rey began sub-surface searches Sunday morning. The Coast Guard called off its search Sunday.

Nevertheless, the sheriff's department is continuing its search, according to a news release from Lt. Michael Rodriguez.

Anyone with information about Weiss' location should contact the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

—Patch editor David Carini contributed to this report.


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