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Coast Guard, police search for woman who reportedly fell or jumped off Pismo Beach Pier

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Emergency crews responded Thursday night for what was ultimately an unsuccessful search for a woman who reportedly fell or jumped off the Pismo Beach Pier.

Pismo Beach police responded about 10:30 p.m. to the pier, where a single reporting party called in the incident, said Cmdr. Tom Portz.

Police set up a unified command center along the pier to search for the woman, and Cal Fire and U.S. Coast Guard helicopters were called in to assist, Portz said.

Crews didn’t find anything, and the command center was demobilized at about 12:27 a.m., Portz said.

The Coast Guard conducted first search patterns from 1:45 to 2:27 a.m. and returned for a first-light search at about 6 a.m., Seaman Brandon Thompson said.

Neither search yielded anything, and efforts were called off on Friday morning.

Portz said people who jump or fall from the pier typically call for help or are seen on the beach after swimming back to shore, neither of which occurred in this case.

Police don’t have any intention of resuming the search, as there were no reports of foul play or indications anyone drowned, Portz said.

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Lindsey Holden writes about housing, immigration and everything in between for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. She also covers northern San Luis Obispo County city governments and school districts. Lindsey joined The Tribune in 2016 after working for the Rockford Register Star in Illinois. She’s a native Californian raised in the Midwest and is a proud graduate of two Chicago schools: DePaul University and Northwestern University.

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