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Missing Swimmer Found In Manhattan Beach Ralphs

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A man who was reported missing after jumping off the Manhattan Beach pier was found safely this morning in a Ralphs about a mile from the beach.

According to NBC L.A., the man, a 23-year-old from Oklahoma, had been swimming at Manhattan Beach very early Friday morning with a friend when the two daredevils decided to jump off the pier around 2:30 a.m.

One of the guys made it back to shore, but when he didn't see his buddy, he called 9-1-1, and reported him missing.

L.A. County Lifeguards sent out helicopters to conduct an aerial search, and were also aided by the Coast Guard. According to NBC, more than 20 lifeguards, firefighters, and police officers aided in the search and rescue which lasted "hours." But, none of it was necessary, because the man was found uninjured inside a Ralphs about a mile from the beach.

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ABC-7 reports that authorities determined the two men were, shockingly, under the influence of alcohol.

According to L.A. County Lifeguard officials, the man was found with no injuries, and was taken into custody—it's illegal to jump off the pier. The two could face misdemeanor charges.

An employee at the Ralphs on North Sepulveda in Manhattan Beach where the swimmer was found, tells LAist that he came into the store around 6 a.m., right after they opened, wearing nothing but shorts: "no shoes, no shirt, nothing."

He asked if he could use the phone, they obliged, and shortly after, police showed up. As he was brought into the police cruiser, he asked, "Am I under arrest?" according to the Ralphs employee. When asked if the man appeared to be drunk, the employee said, "If he was drunk he was really good at pretending he wasn't!"

We would love to know the nature of the dude's hours-long, shoeless, shirtless journey from pier-to-Ralphs, and wouldn't be surprised if it was every bit as stupefyin' as you'd see in any of them other places.

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