Coast Guard suspends search for possible missing swimmer

Coast Guard District 1 NewsBOSTON — The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a possible missing swimmer at approximately 5 p.m. Monday near Narraganset Town Beach, R.I., pending further developments.

Multiple Coast Guard, Narraganset Police Department, Fire Department and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management searched for nearly 18 hours and covered more than 70 square miles with no sign of a missing swimmer.

“After thoroughly saturating the area under excellent search conditions and with no missing-persons reports or reports of overdue, we have suspended the search, pending any further developments,” said Chief Petty Officer Steven Munger, search-and-rescue controller, Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England.

The Coast Guard had begun searching for the man at approximately 9 p.m. Sunday, when 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 swimmer was described as six-feet tall and in his early 20s.

Searching were crews from:

  • Two Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters
  • Coast Guard Station Castle Hill 47-foot Motor Life Boat
  • Coast Guard Station Point Judith 27-foot Utility Boat
  • Rhode Island Department of Environmental Protection
  • Narraganset Police Department
  • Narraganset Fire Department

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