[UPDATED With Body ID'd as Missing Swimmer's:] Joewayne Benford Disappears in Pounding Surf

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UPDATE, SEPT. 19, 2:30 P.M.: The coroner has confirmed a body found by a patrol boat Thursday at a Seal Beach jetty as that of Joewayne Benford. The 24-year-old Long Beach resident disappeared while body boarding with friends in strong rip currents off Seal Beach the evening of Aug. 31. Lifeguards closing up the nearest tower had reportedly advised the young men to stick close to shore. Benford's family described him as a strong swimmer.

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UPDATE, SEPT. 2, 12:49 P.M.: The pounding surf that hit the Orange County coast Thursday also wreaked havoc near Point Mugu to a vessel commonly found here: a boat used for smuggling drugs and people from Mexico.

California State Parks rangers found the abandoned boat split in half on rocks northwest of Malibu, where they also discovered about 240 gallons of fuel and 500 pounds of marijuana packaged in burlap bags, some of which washed ashore.

Authorities suspect boat operators for a drug cartel didn't check conditions before setting off and encountering the high waves that threw the tub into the rocks.

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UPDATE, SEPT. 1, 3:11 P.M.: The U.S. Coast Guard called off their search for missing body boarder Joewayne Benford of Long Beach at noon today.

Rescuers from various agencies have searched a 78-square-mile area from Newport Beach up to Long Beach for the 24-year-old, who disappeared in the strong rip currents off Seal Beach Wednesday evening.

Benford's family described him as a strong swimmer.

UPDATE, SEPT. 1, 11:11 A.M.: The U.S. Coast Guard Thursday morning identified the missing swimmer off Seal Beach as Joewayne Benford of Long Beach.

His age has also been corrected; he's 24.

Benford's family was on the beach today, searching for their loved one.

ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 1, 8:49 A.M.: The heavy surf expected to hit Orange County shores arrived early.

And it's already claimed a victim, apparently.

A 26 24-year-old body boarder disappeared in a rip current off Surfside Wednesday evening.

Only the board had washed ashore at last report.

He and three friends had been tangling with 5- to 7-foot waves with 10-foot surges before his buddies informed lifeguards of the man's disappearance around 6:30 p.m. He was last seen about 200 feet from shore.

As the lifeguard station was closing, the foursome had been told to remain close to shore due to the rough surf, according to authorities.

The U.S. Coast Guard, the Orange County Sheriff Department's Harbor Patrol and lifeguards from Seal Beach and Long Beach participated in the search that stretched overnight and into first light today. Divers, helicopters and patrol boats have been on the scene.

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Photo by Chasen Marshall/OC Weekly
The Wedge
A high tide around 11 a.m. Wednesday flooded the Balboa Pier area, bringing knee-deep water to the pierside park and surrounding neighborhoods. A sand berm was quickly erected, and water had to be pumped out of at least one nearby building.

Heavy surf forecast for the Wedge that was supposed to come today also arrived early, sending bodyboarders into the drink and lookiloos onto the shore.


Sets are expected to continue rising there through the weekend, and lifeguards are warning that only expert riders should paddle out into Balboa's world-famous breaks.

A National Weather Service high surf advisory is in effect until 5 p.m. Friday along the Orange County coast, particularly south-facing beaches. This comes courtesy of a strong storm off the coast of New Zealand.
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FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Since I've used the pseudonym for awhile, I feel responsible for the content. :-)

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

To the person(s) who so graciously hijacked my pseudonym today: the situation is being dealt with. You are now at the mercy of the moderator. Have fun.

And since I am no longer at work, I would like to take this moment to say...what the FUCK is wrong with you? A young man has been swept into the ocean and is most likely dead. His family is worried sick. It takes a truly misanthropic human being to use the comments section for taking petty revenge on someone (me) whose only crime was objecting to your blatant disrespect for Joewayne Benford and his family. I hope you're proud of yourself.

Jamie
Jamie

better Him then Me

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Yeah, I'm sure that's what everyone's thinking after you've made such a heartless comment...

BTW...it's "better him THAN me" you dweeb!

909Jeff
909Jeff

you blacked out and your true homo colors showed

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

"Oh, look! Another heartless jerk who can't spell...and makes homophobic slurs! Sooo classy!"

This was the last statement I made...all those other stupid comments are thanks to some jerk who hijacked the name...not that it belongs to me, per se...just letting you all know...

Kitty Pawz
Kitty Pawz

Seriously. What a fucking douche bag

Admin
Admin

Hey Fish,Yes I know! You have been posting on this blog as long as I've known you! Sorry about the whole blumpkin thing last night. I was going to call you but my hand was hurting from donkey punching you and I just took some pain killers and hit the sack. Speaking of hitting the sack, let me know if you still want to go chin to sack on it tonight!

626Jeff
626Jeff

admin can suck my cack! delete this and i will be impressed

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Thank you! The name is only a pseudonym...and I always use the same email address. :-)

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Uh...what's with the gay slurs? BTW...I'm a straight woman who respects people of ALL sexual orientations...sheesh.

Admin
Admin

Okay, guys please stop using phony names. The real Fish can keep his name. Others will be deleted.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Dude we hate each other but this wasnt me

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

 You deny the Armenian genocide AND you're homophobic? What a cockroach...

MeToo
MeToo

You can teach a fucking monkey to count money, but not to be a douche sack. In that respect you are a god damned natural born genus!! You do impress no one.

909Jeff
909Jeff

dude give it up fruit cup

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

I think the only one who knows for sure is the moderator...I've been using this screen name for quite awhile...some sock puppet is using it...can you not tell?

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

This isn't me...some jerk hijacked my screen name! That's classy too!

Paisa4life
Paisa4life

i'm sure i have a a better job than you bitch. i KNOW how to count money.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Oh, look! Another heartless jerk who can't spell...and makes homophobic slurs! Sooo classy!

Paisa4life
Paisa4life

that fag new that what he was doing is dangerous.. 1 less idiot

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