Search Suspended for Missing Swimmer in Rockaway, NY

NEW YORK-The search was suspended for a 23-year-old male swimmer at Jacob Riis Beach in the Rockaways, N.Y., pending further developments around 7:30 p.m. today.

“After an exhaustive effort to find the missing swimmer, the Coast Guard has suspended its search along with the New York Police Department,” said Ensign Maria Rosario, a Coast Guard Sector New York command duty officer. “The Coast Guard and local authorities spent about 23 hours searching for the missing man, but unfortunately were unable to locate him.”

The man was pulled out to sea by a rip tide and a friend attempted to rescue him. The New York City Fire Department pulled the friend of the missing man from the water. He is listed in stable condition.

The Rockaways are known for strong undertows and rip tides. The Coast Guard urges the public to avoid areas where rip tides occur and to wear lifejackets when in the water, as they greatly improve chances for survival.

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