Coast Guard, local authorities searching for missing swimmer off Crane Beach in Ipswich, MA

47 GloucesterBOSTON — The Coast Guard is searching for a person missing in the water Tuesday off Crane Beach in Ipswich.

Ipswich police notified the Coast Guard Tuesday evening that a father and son-in-law, who were both experienced swimmers, entered the water where Crane Beach and Steep Hill Beach meet at about 5:30 p.m. to swim and did not return home after as expected.

Concerned family members went to the beach and noticed the pair’s bikes were still on shore, but with no sign of the two men they immediately called 911 for help.

Ipswich police located the son-in-law in the water south of Crane Beach, who told police him and his father-in-law were caught in heavy fog and swept out by a rip current. Both men were wearing wet suits.

Two Coast Guard response boat crews from Coast Guard Station Gloucester, an HC-144 aircraft crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, local fire and police personnel, and the Ipswich Harbormaster are searching for the man.

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