Stephen Ellison

Search Continues For Missing Boater Near Discovery Bay

U.S. Coast Guard crews on Sunday searched for hours for a missing man in Indian Slough, near Discovery Bay, and the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office took over the search later in the day.

At about 4:15 a.m., Coast Guard Sector San Francisco received a report of a person in the water in Indian Slough. The missing person was identified as Efferin Cruz, a man in his mid 30s, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing 185 pounds, the Coast Guard said.

Cruz entered the water when a small inflatable craft he was in collapsed, the Coast Guard said. A companion in the raft with Cruz was able to swim to shore.

USCG crews from Rio Vista responded by water in a 29-foot response boat and by air via helicopter, arriving on scene a little after 5 a.m., the Coast Guard said. Contra Costa County Sheriff's personnel assisted in the search and later called in a marine unit to take over, the sheriff's office said.

Anyone with information about Cruz should contact Coast Guard Sector San Francisco command center personnel at 415-399-3451 or the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office at 925-646-2441.

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