Coast Guard, local agencies search for possible missing paddle boarder near Rye Harbor, NH

60 Elizabeth CityBOSTON — Coast Guard crews along with local agencies were searching for a possible missing paddle boarder Thursday night, north of Rye Harbor, New Hampshire.

At approximately 8:09 p.m. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England watchstanders were notified by the Rockingham Sheriff’s Department of a female paddle boarder in apparent distress.

A 29-foot rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod immediately launched to search the area.

In addition, a New Castle Fire Department boat also launched to assist.

The Sheriff’s Department reported seeing the paddle boarder waving a bright white light approximately a half-mile off shore before losing sight of her around 8:30 p.m.

There are currently no correlating missing persons reports in the area.

Anyone with information regarding the paddle boarder is urged to contact Coast Guard Sector Northern New England watchstanders at 207-767-0303.

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