Body found floating near San Gabriel River jetty

Long Beach police are investigating after a man’s body was found floating near the mouth of the San Gabriel River Thursday.

It’s unclear at this point how the man died. Police said they were waiting for the coroner to assess whether there was any foul play.

Long Beach police investigate a body that was found at the mouth of the San Gabriel River in Long Beach Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. Photo by Thomas R Cordova.

Someone first reported spotting the man in the water around noon, according to the Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Jake Heflin. Lifeguards and rescue boats headed to the scene, he said.

A Seal Beach lifeguard was able to get to the man and determine he was dead once his body reached the jetty between the San Gabriel River and Alamitos Bay, Heflin said. Rescuers then handed the situation over to police.

Editor’s note: This story was updated with more information from police.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.