updated 9/20/2009 2:28:25 PM ET 2009-09-20T18:28:25

The Coast Guard has recovered the body of a San Francisco windsurfer found dead in ocean waters about 2 1/2 miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Coast Guard spokesman Jeremy Pichette says a search was launched Saturday afternoon after a pedestrian on the bridge reported an unmanned surfboard floating in the water.

A helicopter spotted the body around 6:18 p.m., and a lifeboat pulled the unresponsive man on board, still in his wetsuit. Paramedics performed CPR but couldn't revive him.

Pichette said the man matched the description of a man who had been windsurfing in San Francisco Bay earlier in the day. His name was not released.

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