Coast Guard suspends search for person in the water near Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

1st Coast Guard District NewsNEW YORK – The Coast Guard suspended a search at 4 p.m. for a man who reportedly jumped off the 69th Street Pier in Brooklyn, N.Y, this morning.

The initial distress call came in to the Coast Guard Sector New York command center in Staten Island, N.Y., from an eyewitness who allegedly saw the man jump into the water, but was unable to keep him in sight as he drifted south towards the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The man is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 45 to 50 years old, with black hair and a black mustache. He was last seen wearing black clothing and a black winter jacket.

Coast Guard Station New York launched a rescue boat crew at 11:45 p.m. to begin searching. Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook, N.J., launched an additional rescue boat crew at just after 3:00 a.m. to assist.

“Coast Guard and local agencies saturated the search area for more than 17 hours covering 61 square miles,” said Paul Avenson, the search and rescue coordinator at Coast Guard Sector New York. “We have decided to suspend our active search, but our vessels will maintain a sharp lookout for any sightings of the missing person.”

NYPD and FDNY marine units searched from 69th Street south to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on both sides of the Upper Bay. NYPD aviation units searched from 69th Street south to Gravesend Bay Anchorage. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., launched a rescue helicopter crew at 3:00 a.m., which searched for approximately one hour before landing in Newark to refuel, but was grounded due to inclement weather.

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