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Surfer Finds Decomposing Body In Water Off Venice Beach

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The decomposing body of a man was found floating in the ocean off Venice Beach this morning.

A surfer first spotted what appeared to be a dead body at the surf line and swam in to alert the lifeguard on duty at Venice's Breakwater tower, Capt. Kenichi Haskett of the L.A. County Fire Department's Lifeguard Division tells LAist. A lifeguard swam out with a rescue board, and after confirming that the object in question was in fact a dead body, radioed for a rescue boat. The lifeguard remained with the body while awaiting the arrival of the Baywatch Del Rey rescue boat, so as "not to lose it," said Haskett.A boat from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department then retrieved the body, according to the L.A. Times.

Haskett said that the deceased appeared to be in his mid-to-late 20s, but the level of decomposition made it difficult to be certain. Homicide detectives are now investigating the incident.