Coast Guard rescues missing diver near Shark River Inlet, NJ

25-foot response boatSHARK RIVER, N.J. — The Coast Guard rescued a 16-year-old girl Monday after she went missing in Shark River Inlet.

Belmar Water Rescue notified the Coast Guard of a missing girl at approximately 5 p.m. after her dive group reported her missing from their group.

Coast Guard Station-Small Shark River launched a 25-foot Response Boat — Small crew to assist in the search. Approximately 40 minutes later, the Coast Guard boat crew located the missing girl one mile from her dive group.

“It’s always important to remember that even a simple dive can go wrong,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Cavallo, the coxswain for the response boat. “Implementing the buddy system when diving makes the experience that much safer.”

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