Coast Guard suspends search for 14-year-old swimmer missing off Ocean City, NJ

5th Coast Guard District News
Atlantic City – The Coast Guard has suspended the search shortly before 4 p.m., Monday for a 14-year-old boy who went missing Sunday evening in the water near 9th Street in Ocean City, New Jersey.

“After the Coast Guard searched for approximately 20 hours, covering more than 20 square miles with multiple search assets by air and sea, we have suspended our search for the missing boy in Ocean City,” said Capt. Kathy Moore, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, in Philadelphia. “Our sincerest condolences go out to his family during this incredibly difficult time.”

A 25-foot Response Boat — Small crew from Coast Guard Station — Small Great Egg, a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Atlantic City, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, a New Jersey State Police Marine Unit, the Ocean City Fire Department and several good Samaritans helped search for the boy.

The Ocean City Police Department alerted Coast Guard watchstanders to the missing boy shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday reporting the boy was swimming with friends when they were all swept out by a rip current. Everyone except for the 14-year-old boy made it back to shore.

The Coast Guard recommends staying calm when caught in a rip current. Do not fight the current and when free of the current, swim at an angle – away from the current – toward shore.

For information on rip current safety please visit http://ift.tt/1mO9NWb

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