Coast Guard searching for possible missing swimmer

Coast Guard District 1 NewsBOSTON — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a possible missing swimmer near Narraganset Town Beach, R.I., after receiving a report Sunday.

At approximately 9 p.m. Sunday, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England were contacted by the Narraganset Police Department reporting that a family on the beach had spoken with a man who stated he was going swimming. The family observed the man enter the water, but not return.

The Coast Guard immediately launched a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, Station Point Judith 27-foot rescue boat and a Station Castle Hill 47-foot motor life boat. The 110-foot patrol boat Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel is expected to arrive on scene to search as well.

The Narraganset Police Department, Fire Department and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management are assisting in the search.

Crews have been searching throughout the night with no signs of the swimmer.

The swimmer was described as six-feet tall and in his early 20s.

“We have not received any missing-persons reports or reports of overdue,” said Chief Petty Officer Steven Munger, search-and-rescue controller, Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England. “We ask anyone who knows of someone who went swimming last night and has not returned to give us a call”

Anyone with information is requested to contact the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England at 508-457-3211.

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