NEWS: USCG Suspends Search for Musician Who Fell Off Crystal Pier
News video: NBC 7’s Omari Fleming spoke with friends of Taylor Watts, 27, the man who fell from Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach Sunday evening and never resurfaced. Article contains a video news clip.
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The Search for a Man Who Reportedly Fell Off Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach on Sunday Will Resume January 24th
San Diego Fire Department lifeguards, a San Diego Fire Department helicopter and the San Diego Harbor Police are involved in the search for musician Taylor “Tay” Watts, 27.
The search today and on future days will be tapered down to mostly on-duty personnel, said San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokeswoman Mónica Muñoz.
Helicopters will search the area in the morning and afternoon, shoreline patrols will be conducted from Pacific Beach to the South Mission Beach jetty every morning at low tide, vessels will scan the area from South Mission Beach to San Fernando Place and dives will be conducted at the South Mission Beach jetty and Crystal Pier pilings when conditions allow.
Surfboat surface patrols also will be conducted daily, Muñoz said.
On Wednesday, the search involved dive operations from two vessels that used side-scan sonar that traveled north from the South Mission Beach jetty on two different tracks.
A San Diego Fire Department lifeguard vessel ran all day, a Harbor Police vessel searched in the morning and a Lake Ranger boat was used in the afternoon.
Another vessel with stand-by divers did surface searches throughout the strand and the San Diego Fire Department lifeguard personal watercraft searched the shoreline from South Mission Beach to Big Rock in La Jolla.
Witnesses said Watts was fully clothed when he fell into the ocean about 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
At least one witness believed he hit his head in the fall, Muñoz said, and no one saw him resurface.
Watts is a musician in the band Keep Your Soul. A bandmate who was with him Sunday to watch football said Watts had told him he was heading to the beach to watch the sunset that afternoon.
The bandmate, Jake Coco, said a friend sent him a text about what had happened at the pier shortly after he last saw him.
By Gary Warth
He joined the “27 Club”