The U.S. Coast Guard searched for a missing boater off the North County coastline for the third consecutive day Wednesday as the FBI probes what may have happened to him.
Crews aboard several boats and a helicopter were looking for 52-year-old Oceanside resident Loren Ruden in an ongoing search and rescue operation, according to USCG Petty Officer 1st Class Henry Dunphy.
The FBI joined in the investigation Tuesday because the case involves a U.S.-owned ship that departed from U.S. soil with a U.S. citizen on board, FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth said in a statement.
Ruden was reported missing late Monday afternoon after his dog swam to shore, ending up near an Oceanside jetty. A beachgoer caught the animal and called the telephone number on its collar tag, reaching Ruden's wife, who in turn reported him as missing.
Shortly before 6 a.m. Tuesday, Ruden's 21-foot boat, named ``Lucky Dog,'' was found unoccupied and circling under its own power off the coast of La Jolla.