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An unidentified man jumped from the Santa Monica Pier Sunday triggering a search and rescue response from local authorities.

The man was ultimately found unharmed but not before officers launched a significant search.

According to the Santa Monica Police Department, Harbor officers and several witnesses saw a man jump from the lower level fishing deck on the north side of the Pier.

Harbor officers, who maintain an office, vehicle and boat on the Pier, immediately entered the water to perform a rescue, however they were unable to locate him.

Witnesses reported seeing the man swimming but lost sight of him when he went underwater and did not resurface.

The Santa Monica Police Department, Los Angeles County Lifeguard, County Fire Air Support, LAPD Air Support and the Coast Guard all assisted with the search but were unable to find anyone.

Lieutenant Saul Rodriguez said SMPD was notified later in the evening that the missing individual was in the area of 2nd and Arizona. Officers found the individual who admitted to jumping from the Pier but said he was unaware of the search efforts. Officers cited him for a violation of the municipal code that will be forwarded to the City Attorney’s office.