Coast Guard suspends search for missing swimmer

A Coast Guard Station New London 45 foot Response Boat-Medium

USCG File Photo

NEW YORK — The Coast Guard has suspended their search fo a missing swimmer in the Connecticut River near Haddam Meadows State Park.

Missing is a 17-year old boy.

Coast Guard assets searched from the state park south to the Haddam Swing Bridge for approximately five hours.

He dove into the water after another member in his party who struggled to get to shore. The boy did not resurface. He was wearing black shorts, no shirt, and no lifejacket.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound were notified by Westport Police Department that the swimmer had gone into the Connecticut River to provide assistance.

Sector watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast, and launched Coast Guard Station New London.

Agencies involved in the search include:

  • Coast Guard Station New London
  • Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod
  • Connecticut State Police
  • Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • East Haddam Fire Department
  • East Haddam Police Department
  • Middletown Police Department
  • Chester Fire Department Marine Unit

Connecticut State Police and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection remain on the scene.

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