Coast Guard continues search for 2 missing beachgoers off NJ

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Coast Guard continues its search Thursday for two people, one in Seaside Heights and one in Asbury Park, who were witnessed going underwater off the beach and not resurfacing.

Rescue efforts in conjunction with local partner agencies are being conducted by sea and air, using boatcrews and helicopter crews.

The Coast Guard was notified at approximately 3:15 p.m. Wednesday of an 18-year-old male in Seaside Heights who was witnessed going underwater and not resurfacing.

At approximately 6 p.m. Wednesday, a 25-year-old male reportedly entered the water off Asbury Park to assist three minors who appeared to be in distress. A lifeguard and one other good Samaritan were able to bring the three minors safely ashore, but the 25-year-old male did not resurface.

Assets involved in the searches include:

  • Two MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City
  • A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew and a 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light, N.J.
  • A 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet, N.J.
  • Coast Guard Cutter Mako, an 87-foot coastal patrol boat homeported in Cape May, N.J.
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • New Jersey State Police
  • Seaside Heights Beach Patrol


If anyone has information regarding these cases, they are asked to contact Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders at 215-271-4940.

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