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Body spotted in ocean near South Coast park

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First responders at Santa Barbara's Shoreline Park, after a park visitor spotted a body in the ocean at the base of the park's cliff.

No signs of foul play, but autopsy pending.

Someone made a disturbing find at a South Coast park. A visitor to Santa Barbara’s Shoreline Park Thursday morning spotted a body in the ocean at the base of the park’s cliffs.

Because it was high tide, first responders had a hard time reaching the scene. Santa Barbara Fire Department rescue swimmers were able to reach, and recover the body, and move it to a beach.

Santa Barbara Police officials say the person appeared to have been dead for several hours.

They say there were no obvious signs of foul play, but an autopsy is pending. There’s no word on the sex, or identity of the person.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.