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Body Found in Water Near Abalone Cove

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(FOX 11) A body was found floating in the water near Abalone Cove around 11:15 a.m. Saturday, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Public Information Officer Nicole Nishida.

LA County Sheriff's Office says the body was first spotted by people who were down in the cove. The people screamed for the Sheriff's Department who was already on scene. The body has since been moved to a the Sheriff's Headquarters in Fish Harbor, San Pedro pending the arrival of the coroner and homicide detectives, according to LASD. The body has not been identified.

Sergeant. David Rozas from LA County Sheriff's Lomita Station spoke to reporters at the scene.

"At about 11:15 this morning, deputies from the Lomita Sheriff's Stations, Park Rangers and Life Guards were at Top Secret Cove in Rancho Palos Verdes were getting ready to site someone in an off limits area. At that time, at Inspiration Point, a few people down there began screaming there was someone in the water, personnel ran down to the point and indeed they did find someone in the water face down," Sgt Rozas said.

Over the past week divers with the LA County Sheriff's Special Services Detail and members of the LA County Fire have been searching for the body of 18-year-old Joseph Sanchez.

Sanchez disappeared Wednesday, July 9th after his friends tell FOX 11 he was having difficulty swimming in the water near Abalone Cove. His friends say they through him a rope and he was unable to grab it. One of his friends actually jumped into try and save him, but wasn't able to carry them both to shore.

LA County Fire says there have been more than 60 rescues at Abalone Cove since the Fourth of July; three of them being airlifted out. Officials say they believe Sanchez drown.

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