Search Suspended for Missing Swimmer at Coney Island

NEW YORK-The search was suspended for a 10-year-old female swimmer at Coney Island, N.Y., pending further developments around 3:12 p.m. today.

“The Coast Guard along with the New York City Police and Fire Departments and local partners conducted an aggressive shoreline search and have not found the missing swimmer,” said Cmdr. Gregory Hitchen, Coast Guard Sector New York chief of operations.

Witnesses reported the girl missing at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday to the New York City Police Department (NYPD), who launched their Marine unit to commence the search.

Rescue crews from Coast Guard Station New York and Sandy Hook, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, the Cutter Sturgeon Bay, the New York Fire Department and local lifeguards assisted in the search that spanned about 22 hours. NYPD divers conducted dive operations in the vicinity of the 21st Street Pier.

“We extend our sincere condolences to the friends and families involved in this tragedy,” said Hitchen. “It is sad that a day at the beach can turn into something so terrible, and demonstrates how dangerous swimming in rip tide conditions can be.”

The Coast Guard urges the public to use extreme caution when swimming in areas known to have rip tides.

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