Coast Guard rescue crews suspend search for missing swimmer in Lake Champlain, VT.

1st Coast Guard District News
BOSTON — Rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Burlington Vermont along with other local and state agencies have suspended the search for a missing swimmer near Grand Isle, VT Sept. 21, 2013.

Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Northern New England received notification from Colchester Police Department that a 23-year-old male jumped off an anchored boat with his friend at approximately 9:35 p.m. Sept. 20, 2013.

A rescue crew from Station Burlington launched their 25-foot response boat small and arrived on scene in less than 30 minutes. An Mh-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod was launched.

Other agencies that arrived on scene to assist were:

-Customs and Border Patrol Helicopter

-Vermont State Police with Small Boat

-South Hero Fire Department

-North Hero Fire Department

-Colchester Police Department Shore Patrol

-Mallets Bay Fire Department

-Grand Isle Fire Department

-Colchester Police Department Marine Unit 1 and 2

At 2:12 a.m. Local agencies departed the scene to prepare for first light searches scheduled for 7:00 a.m. Saturday. The Coast Guard Small Boat rescue crew remained on scene through the night and continued to search.

As of 3:50 a.m. seven assets have been searching for a combined time of 29 hours and covered more than 40 nautical square miles.

At 7:00 a.m. Saturday, searches resumed.

At approximately 11:50 a.m. Saturday, the search was called off.

“This is a tragic event and our hearts and prayers go out to the friends and family,” said Chief Petty Officer Matthew Couling, the command duty officer at Sector Norther New England. “Agencies from four states assisted in this search and that has highlighted the strong inter-agency cooperation that comes when something like this happens.”

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